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I heard that white bean extract can inhibit the breakdown of carbs into sugar. Is it safe for diabetics?


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White bean extract has been investigated for many years. It does seem to block carbohydrate absorption to some extent. It may also slow the rate at which food exits the stomach.

Always talk to your doctor before using any type of supplement, but if you get the ok, I would suggest doing some "experiments" on yourself to determine just how much glucose lowering you can expect and whether you experience side effects. The most likely side effects would be gassiness and diarrhea.

Originally answered by Janice Fisher, RD, CDE, BC-ADM; edited by Franziska Spritzler, RD, CDE

Answered By dLife Expert: Franziska Spritzler, RD, CDE

Certified diabetes educator and registered dietitian living in Southern California.


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