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A whopping mistake with lentils!!!!!

Discussion in 'Newly Diagnosed' started by CathyN, Jul 10, 2012.

  1. CathyN

    CathyN Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Just getting into the swing of things, and feeling great as I made my Golden Lentil Soup - just simple soup ... onions, red lentils, stock, a squeeze of garlic and the juice of half a lemon at the end. Thank God for lentils - had them before as accompaniments to curry, had them in my home made lentil and vegetable burgers - with wonderful results. Decided that this meal would be so saintly, I could have one slice of Burgen with it which I made into a little garlic bread.

    Fabulous.

    2 hours later, I was intrigued as to just how low my blood sugar would be and nearly fell over when I read 11.5mmol/l :eh:

    Well, I have a lot to learn!! Now I know - that 100g of lentils contain 16g of carbs. I measured my portion , a whopping 350g of pure lentil soup, plus the 12g for the bread. Without realising, I had eaten an almost exclusively carb meal, containing more carbs in one sitting than I've been having in one day!!! I felt quite rough. :sick:

    I imagine that when I've had my burgers or when I've had Dahl as part of a curry, it didn't spike my BG because I ate other stuff with it?? - like veggies and meat - so the load was more even with less chance of a carb spike?

    You live and learn !!
     
  2. millie_uk

    millie_uk · Active Member

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    I know how you feel. On Saturday I was in a cafe and couldn't see anything I could eat so opted for a medium bowl of home made tomato soup. It looked innocent enough and appeared to have cream in it as there was a whitish colour to it (might have been thickened with cornflour?) I had no bread with it, just the soup. 2 hours later - bg 10.8
    So, another lesson learnt by me (I'm learning a lot of lessons the past few days)

    I hadn't been in double figures for at least 6 weeks I don't think. 8)
     
  3. SouthernGeneral6512

    SouthernGeneral6512 · Well-Known Member

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    It' takes a bit of getting used to for example traditionaly if you want to put health first you have toast with just a little butter where as actually the butter is the healthy part and it's the bread that should be rationed :crazy:
     
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    Sanober · Well-Known Member

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    In my case I've learned I have to cover each carb in lentils despite the DN saying not to. I was fed up getting high readings and feeling I'll.
     
  5. Spiral

    Spiral · Well-Known Member

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    Red lentils send my blood sugar right up, as do split peas. But there are other pulses I can manage just fine, so long as I don't eat too many. Test!

    Life without hummus would be unbearable.
     
  6. CathyN

    CathyN Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I agree. Couldn't live without it!
     
  7. Sanober

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    I've started to cover carbs in hummous too now :crazy:
     
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