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Are you crashing like you would on bread after eating beans? Well did you know that all beans have the potential to do this, depending on which bean and how they're prepared? Yea, I just found this out today after crashing twice, first after black bean soup at lunch, then again after eating chili for dinner. What it boils down to (pun intended) is that the longer you cook beans, the closer they become to sugar, and thus the more fattening/crash prone they become.
Compare the glycemic indices of boiled kidney beans 29 with the canned kind 52, or boiled black beans 30 with black bean soup 64 (that's more than a freaking pizza!). Same story with canned vs fresh chickpeas. Even from bean to bean, there's big differences, boiled soybeans being the best at 16, compared to boiled pinto beans at 39. When in doubt, always do the least amount of cooking necessary and let your stomach do the breaking down for you. Here's the chart I got this from in case you're wondering:
Every body is different.
Eating too much of anything will halt weight loss.
How many meals a day are you eating? I prefer 4-5 meals myself. Sometimes 6. I like them small and satisfying.
My favorite being 1/2 cup of beans, small amount of diced jalapenos (usually half), diced tomoatos and hot sauce. I add a little goat cheese personally. It is heaven. I make a bag of fresh, no salt added beans every 4-5 days and keep them in a container in the fridge. Easy to add to any meal I am having. Cut back your portion of beans per meal, increase the number of meals and the decrease the time between meals.
I eat 1/2 cup of either black beans or lentils per meal (4x a day) and have consistently loss weight for almost 4 months. Lentils are higher in protein and fiber than black so I try to eat lentils more often. Also, I use canned black beans and make my lentils from dry. If you're not already, make sure to rinse any canned beans before you eat them too.
That's the best part about beans, they keep you full without making you fat. Because beans take a loooong time to digest, you’re left feeling full for longer. They slowly release energy over a long period of time, so there's less chance of unused carbs converting into fat. Sugar has the opposite effect. You should definitely have beans with every meal and remember to only eat until you are full.
I'm with you guys on this one...today I really ate a lot of beans, like 1/2 cup of black beans and 1.5 cups of black eyed peas. I'm literally crashing as if I had a bunch of energy drinks and then crashed...but the only reason I upped the beans was for the protein intake b/c I didn't have meat on hand.
SO, I'm buying my beans raw at the market and I put them on the slow cooker for however long it takes for them to cook. Usually 8 or so hours at very low heat. Is this too much cooking for the beans, and is it increasing their GI. What other cooking method is there?
I don't want to buy canned beans because of the waste the cans generate, the price of a one pound bag of beans here is around $2, and it is easier to provision for the week.
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