Many years ago I told a Ashkenazi patient who was not doing very well with “his diabetes” to ask his Posek to allow him to eat legumes on Pesach and I explained to him that it was quite important [even for just one single week] I suspected that with his diet there could be problems in this week.

Whatever happened I don’t remember [if he asked or just decided himself , but the left them out from his diet and was-alas- hospitalized on Peach!

Antidiabetic potential of commonly consumed legumes: a review

Poonam Singhal 1Geetanjali KaushikPulkit MathurAffiliations expand


Over the last few decades, lifestyle changes have resulted in a drastic increase in the incidence of diabetes all over the world, especially in the developing countries. Oral hypoglycemic agents and insulin form the mainstay in controlling diabetes, but they have prominent side effects and fail to significantly alter the course of diabetic complications. Appropriate diet and exercise programs that form a part of lifestyle modifications have proven to be greatly effective in the management of this disease. Dietary therapy is showing a bright future in the prevention and treatment of diabetes. Legumes, owing to their high nutritive value, are increasingly being used in dietetic formulations in the treatment and prevention of diabetes on account of their antidiabetic potential. Given this background, this paper reviews the glucose- and lipid-lowering action possessed by various commonly consumed legumes through several animal and human studies. It is concluded that the various legumes not only have varying degrees of antidiabetic potential but are also beneficial in decreasing the risk factors for cardiovascular and renal disease.