I'm Natalie one of the Leaders of the 13.1 Miles...Cause I'm Only Half Crazy Team. I just wanted to welcome you and invite you to participate on the boards and in the challenges. If you have any questions feel free to post on the boards or shoot me a SparkMail. Happy running! :-) Natalie
Thanks for your comment on my blog! I will keep that in mind. I do want to try it as an addition to a smoothie! One benefit of just having it as drink with water though is I don't have to consume any other foods or calories. I think I can develop a taste for it. If not I will move on to other methods.
Actually, my bean instructions are originally from the book: "Diet For A Small Planet." But they are available around the internet in slightly different versions. And yes I do cook on an electric range as well. The key is to add enough water that they are able to boil for a couple of minutes then simmer with the heat off until the burner cools down. I assure you it works very well I have been using this method since the early seventies when I first read the cookbook mentioned above.
As for microwaves, I avoid them period. You can also cook beans in a pressure cooker. I have seen several recipes for that method, although I have not tried it. (Never cook lentils in a pressure cooker as they cook jam up the valve.
Back to the canned beans vs home-cooked, the issue is with any canned starch. The more a starch is heated, the more it breakdowns and becomes more easily digestible ie. more glycemic. When we cook pasta ala dente, or beans at home, we reduce the glycemic load of consuming them.
I like the medal, but the simplicity of the design on the shirt was hreat. Not overrun with ads, in fact no sponsors at all on the shirt. The race name is small on the sleeve. the stick figures of the saint/sinner is elegant. I think it is now my number one favorite race shirt. Simply beautiful, with emphasis on "Simply."
You are correct. The question is not whether fruit raises blood sugar but more how quickly it raises blood sugar and how much. My understanding is that fiber slows down the absorption of sugar from the gut and therefore there should be less of a spike in insulin and possibly less total absorption of sugar, but there seem to be some individual differences between people. I appreciate your careful reading which was definitely more careful than my writing today. Must be those high levels of blood sugar interfering with my brain function.