Glycemic Index - Is That Banana Really Going To Make You Fat?Attention - Don't Read This If You Don't Want To Lose Weight!
When sugar or starch is eaten, both are broken down into glucose which signals a message to release insulin, the muscle building (or fat) hormone that takes glucose from the cell and uses for energy. Here is the Data used for the Glycemic Index and Load ChartsThanks Harvard Medical School for the numbers! If you’re following the Slow Carb Diet to a “T”, you are likely consuming a lot of beans and lentils.
This is a particularly important question for those who have reached a plateau on their weight loss or those who are vegetarians and trying to maximize protein intake.
I decided to do a little research on the macro-nutrient counts of various legumes to see how they stack up. The results don’t look staggeringly different on the surface, but there’s a few interesting things to note. Cannellini Beans have 20g of protein per cup, but they also have about 6 additional grams of carbohydrate which can slow weight loss, especially for us women. For those of you who are struggling with weight loss on the Slow Carb Diet, I want to make the point that quantity may be the issue that’s causing you to plateau or even gain weight.  While Tim Ferris does not advocate that people track carbs or calories, I do think there is a point where legumes can stall your weight loss. Mark Sisson, the creator of The Primal Blueprint has put together an awesome diagram of what he calls the Carbohydrate Curve. Carbohydrate intake is often the decisive factor in weight loss success and prevention of widespread health problems like Metabolic Syndrome, obesity and type 2 diabetes. My recommendation would be to cut your serving size to either ? cup with each meal or ? cup but only at 2 meals and see how this impacts your weight loss. If you’re really looking to drill down to what quantity you can eat without spiking your insulin levels too much, and you’re not keen to test your bloof glucose levels multiple times a day a la Tim Ferris,  here’s another less scientific, but still fairly accurate way to make sure you aren’t overdoing it.
I’d also encourage you to see how you feel when reducing beans.  After several months of eating beans, I’ve nearly eliminated them and I have noticed a huge spike in my energy. For further reading on the pros and cons of legumes, check out the Legume Manifesto over at the WholeNine website.
Initially I lost weight steadily with slow carb, until I hit 275 and plateaued for 5 weeks. Michael – Thanks for sharing your experience, and glad to hear you are back to losing.
I know for me, I was nervous about cutting out legumes intitially and tried tapering off to smaller, less frequent portions. I have increased my consumption of HEALTHY fats by cooking with healthy oils or organic grass-fed butter, fattier cuts of meat, avocados and nuts. I should also mention that at this point, I also incorporate a few Slow Carb illegal items into my diet. I’m not recommending this, but I do want to give the full picture of what I do eat, and what works for me.
Was just coming to terms with the fact that the tofu I had in my vegetarian slow carb diet was not a good choice, so I’m now worried after reading this, that even the beans may need a little cutting back too? I think it would be a good idea to look at weight of food rather than how much fits it a cup though when comparing nutritional content.


I’ve created a spreadsheet for the types of beans I eat most of the time so I can compare carbohydrate and protein content and it implies different results to yours.
Here in the UK I’m having canned green lentils, kidney beans (red beans) and cannellini beans.
You could certainly use grams (it all comes down to preference), but I most cans aren’t portionef out. It’s so nice to find a fellow blogger who doesn’t follow slow carb dieting to the letter!
Upping the yogurt and cheese a little to balance things out (once I had gotten over my unhealthy cheese addiction by going cold turkey for a few months), has made all the difference.
Beans are generally a wonderful slow-burning carb, which won’t make your insulin levels go up.
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Jesse Lane Lee, BSc, CNP is a cheerful Holistic Nutritionist, motivating speaker, cookbook author and wellness writer. It teaches you how to buy fresh fruits and veggies without breaking the bank and includes 4 bonus recipes from my cookbook Healthy Fresh Salads. In other words, these prevent our bodies from absorbing proteins and amino acids in our foods.  In addition, soy beans contain Phytic Acids which block the uptake of essential minerals in the intestinal tract – blocking absorption of these minerals by our bodies. These average daily intake levels assume that you are also getting sufficient protein and healthy fats, and are doing some amount of Primal exercise. Once you’ve arrived at your goal or ideal body composition, you can maintain it quite easily here while enjoying abundant vegetables, fruits and other Primal foods. Most health conscious eaters and unsuccessful dieters end up here, due to frequent intake of sugar and grain products (breads, pastas, cereals, rice, potatoes – even whole grains). All but the most extreme exercisers will tend to produce excessive insulin and store excessive fat over the years at this intake level. If you’re eating 1 cup of beans at approximately 40g of carbs per meal, 3 meals a day, and you’re consuming a reasonable amount of veggies that also contain some carbs, unfortunately my friend, you are likely in the Maintenence Zone or the Insidious Weight Gain Zone. Eventually I began to suspect the amount of carbs I was taking in through legumes with each meal was the culprit. Also, the reference to the Primal Blueprint is worthwhile for people who want to get more into fine tuning things, or trying to diagnose plateaus. I think most come with 400g (including the liquid which is drained off.) I think more people who are inclined to measure would reach for a measuring cup of some sort rather than weighing out 100g.
I think I’m starting to get on the right track though and this blog post is a great help.
I worry a little about people (myself included) relying too much on canned pulses as the sugar and salt content can be scary. I was very excited when SoLo GI approached me to review their SoLo GI Energy Bars and give some away to a lucky Jesse Lane Wellness reader.


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Low glycemic foods provide a slower release of sugar into the blood preventing the dreaded sugar crash and providing longer lasting energy. Very good stuff and really gets into some new ideas about fructose, carbohydrates and the heightened levels of uric acid causing obesity and metabolic syndrome.. Though still fall back onto canned chick-peas regularly, and have to be strict with myself not to make addictive humus too often with them! They are packed 10 to 13 grams of protein which is derived from whey and non-GMO soy giving you a complete protein source, but making them a poor choice for someone with a dairy or soy allergy.
A refined cracker is much easier for our body to digest than a spear of asparagus, therefor it is higher on the Glycemic Index Scale.A High Glycemic Index is bad, while a low GI food will maintain steady glucose levels = good.
The beautiful thing about the Paleo Diet is that all of the foods included are relatively low on the glycemic index, and the ones that aren’t have a low glycemic load (get to that in a minute) which makes them ok to eat!




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