True, true. I suppose it is. Especially in certain markets. I remember back when though when it was a massive fad and you could barely go anywhere without seeing it. We even had little stands like shaved ice or snow cone stands selling bubble tea for awhile - on a street corner in Texas nowhere near an Asian market :D
I had some kombucha with chia seed in it the other day. Unlike flaxseed (at least according to the article on Sparkpeople) chia seed doesn't need to be ground up to be accessible to the body. Flax will serve as fiber when unground but your body can't access the Omega-3s in it unless the hull is cracked.
Chia's rather interesting. And yes, I'm talking about the stuff you spread on chia pets! When it gets wet it makes a gel around it. When put in a drink it kind of reminded me of that 'bubble tea' that was popular for awhile. Just really really tiny!
According to the GI database, lentils are relatively low GI/GL. Beans CAN be, but it appears to depend a great deal on how they're cooked. It looks like a longer soak/boil will result in a higher GI for the same kind of bean vs. a short soak/boil or canned (See 'Kidney Beans'). *PERSONALLY* (and everyone is different) I do very well with beans, quinoa, and of course low-carb veggies like broccoli, leafy greens, etc., and berries. I even do alright with small amounts of melon because, while they are high GI, they're low carb -overall- per serving. GI testing was done with 50g of carbohydrates. You have to eat quite a bit of melon to get to 50g so a single serving is low GL even though it's a high GI food, if I remember right.
Yeah, I know, whole grains--and wheat in particular--are not as great as we thought they were. We do still calories and we need the fiber...
I try to share whatever I can so we can all learn what we each need to know... and I LOVE Dr. Oz, but there are a lot of thing that won't work for me because of my special combination of needs. We're all unique... and he always says to listen too to our medical team for that reason, since he can't know everything about everyone.
I have kidney disease and the foods we've been seeing in these articles are not just high in fiber, they are high in a lot of minerals that I have to limit--but even more so are protein sources, both animal and vegetable. That rules out any but the smallest servings of whole grains, and no more than 70 grams of ANY kind of protein... that's a hard one, I'm having trouble with right now... the calories have got to come from SOMEWHERE, y'know? LOL
Plus, I had colon cancer and part of my post-surgical treatment--for the rest of my life-- is a high fiber diet, a MINIMUM of 25 grams, 35 is better. Since other things, including vegetables, have to be limited, it makes life interesting, trying to work out what's best... and I take a fiber supplement every day. The important thing is learning as much as we can about all the possibilities for ourselves, and threading our way through the mass of information to find the best solutions for ourselves as individuals. A real creative endeavor sometimes! LOL
Thanks for sharing... I really liked the video!
Edited by: I.M.MAGIC at: 12/4/2012 (13:05)
"The real secret of success is enthusiasm..." thanks, Walter P. Chrysler. I believe it. That's what I want in my life--to give my imagination a chance, to live with energy and enthusiasm!
Ralph Waldo Emerson said 'Life belongs to the energetic.' But you don't have to be frenetic and hyper--some energy is quiet and steady, like a heartbeat... and that works too! LOL
Life comes in specific increments, which we receive as a gift of one moment at a time. That's why it's called
Fiber is important but we can get it from lots of vegetables, berries and nuts only. All grains, including whole grains, legumes (soy, beans, lentils) and high-sugar tropical fruits as well as dried fruits are so extremely high on the glycemic load index that they are very poor choices for diabetics. For a related topic look at this episode of the Dr. Oz show (and Dr. Oz used to advocate whole grains):
Adding fiber to our diet can help regulate blood sugar, partly because we feel full longer so we are less likely to overeat-- and I thought this was an interesting slide show that gives some good ideas:
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