[quote:63284d3592="sonatina80"]Thanks so much.. just a question - are beans/lentils etc also "unfavorables" - ? Or is it just grains? (even oats/barley) They are all listed in the top 100 Zone foods.. would it be better still however, to incorportate fruits/veggies OVER these "natural" carbs?[/quote:63284d3592]
Everything in "The Top 100 Zone Foods" is favorable. Lentils, kidney beans, black beans, chick peas, barley and steel cut oats are all favorable carbs. When favorable carbs are spoken of, it means all of the favorable carbs, unless otherwise stated, not just vegetables. You can find the most up to date version of the favorable Zone foods in "The Food Block Guide" in Zone Resources on this site.
Be aware that while theoretically you'll be able to acheive the best insulin control from the lowest density favorable veggies (such as greens, peppers, mushrooms, broccoli, etc), some people, depending upon their particular metabolisms, don't seem to be able to stay in the Zone with all low density veggies for carb, and find they need to eat a mixture of carb densities. This can easily be accomplished by staying with all favorables, if you choose. One could have broccoli, chickpeas, and berries in a meal, for instance, which would represent varied densities, as opposed to a meal where all carbs are from, greens, and cabbage. Varying densities in a meal also allows you to keep the volume of food in a meal to a manageable amount.
What do you mean by "natural carbs"?
It is preferable to have a mix of veggies, fruits, legumes, and grain to get a wide range of nutrients.