KEARNY, NJ--(Marketwired - May 28, 2013) - A special extract of white kidney beans known as Phase 2 may be the secret ingredient for people who enjoy popular Latino dishes that are high in carbohydrates and can contribute to a variety of health problems. Phase 2 is the first and only white kidney bean extract clinically shown to reduce starch digestion, help contribute to lowering blood glucose levels and aid in weight loss.

The Hispanic and Latino communities are high-profile targets for a variety of health problems that may be linked to many of their traditional dishes that can be high in calories, fat and sodium.

"Poor health can be avoided through healthy diet choices and increased physical activity," says David Foreman, a retired pharmacist and author of, '4 Pillars of Health: Heart Disease.' "However, certain Latino foods tend to be heavy with carbohydrates so using a supplement with Phase 2 can certainly help decrease the absorption of unnecessary carbs and still allow the enjoyment of these traditional dishes."

Foreman says Phase 2 works by temporarily binding with the enzyme that digests starch, preventing a portion of the carbohydrates from being broken down into sugar and stored as fat. One or two capsules before a meal can block up to 65 percent of unwanted carbs without causing gastric distress according to a study published in Nutrition Business Journal.

"Eating white kidney beans wouldn't have the same effect as Phase 2 because you would have to eat several pounds and the calories alone would offset the benefits not to mention gastric distress," says Foreman. "Phase 2 can actually help you lose weight and allow you to enjoy the carbohydrate-rich staple foods Latinos are known for such as tortillas, rice and beans."

Foreman warns there are many carb-blocking imposters on the market that are not effective. Since Phase 2 is a branded ingredient, look for Phase 2 listed on the label of carb-control supplements. You can find Phase 2 in products such as Natrol's Carb Intercept, Now Foods' Starch Neutralizer, Swanson's Phase 2 Starch Neutralizer and GNC's Total Lean Phase 2 Carb Controller.

Phase 2 is the only white kidney bean extract backed by numerous clinical studies for efficacy. For a list of supplements containing Phase 2 or copies of the studies, visit: For more health tips, visit:

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