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Beans, the New Perfect food
Beans, the new perfect food?
Did you know, that eating beans and pulses can help in fighting diabetes, heart disease, and cancers? It turns out, that beans are one of the best foods you can include in your diet. Many legumes are often overlooked and ignored, but they shouldn't be for some very important reasons. What I have found, has inspired me to incorporate more into my own diet, and I hope it also inspires you. For those that don't know, pulses are members of the legume plant family. Some pulses you are familiar with may include, chickpeas, beans, lupins, and lentils.
We have seen beans and pulses take a back seat to more high calorie and fat laden, heavy foods. This is due to supply and demand in part, but many people just don't know the health benefits of beans and maybe this will change things in the future. Having a longer life span, is no small thing!
When you are healthier, you feel better everyday. Having something that both tastes good, and helps our health is not something to be overlooked. Many countries have done studies on beans, and found some surprising results. There is a recurring correlation between eating beans and preventing and helping breast cancer, colon cancer, and prostate cancers (at least). If such killers can be kept at bay, or even prevented, imagine what else consuming beans and pulses can help? We just don't know all the benefits yet, but its looking very good so far.
Seed coats of different beans and pulses, have been studied as well. We know of the many benefits of certain berries , fruits and wines, and their antioxidant properties, etc. Did you know that beans have some of the same benefits? Not to mention much less expensive, as I found very quickly that buying blueberries, blackberries etc can be felt by my pocketbook! What a great and tasty alternative!
We have known for some time, that beans are rich in protein, and high in fiber and nutrients. The new studies combined with these well known facts make them more and more desirable to me. One great thing, is that now, more than ever, you can find such a wealth of flavorful recipes for beans, so there is no excuse. There are simply so many beans, and so many ways to prepare them, that you are bound to find some that agree with your digestion, etc. The Food Network, has an excellent website for many recipes and is a great place to start. Its become one of my favorite places to find new and excellent recipes.
I can't speak for the rest of the world, but I know in America, we don't get near enough fiber in our diets, as seen in our waistlines, and poor heart health, etc. They have found that incorporate beans into their diet on a regular basis, are several pounds less in weight than their non bean eating counterparts? What made this even more interesting to me, was that these people ate more calories every day than those that weighed more than them! The high fiber and water content in beans also help you feel fuller, faster.
Packed with phytochemicals (something meats lack) legumes help make it difficult for free radicals to do their awful work in our bodies. Free radicals, left unchecked have been linked to many cancers, aging in general, and several neurodegenerative diseases. (Like Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, etc. ) I know that in my own family, some have suffered from such things, and likely yours has too. We can fight back with more knowledge.
Here are some top beans to start with, that showed high health benefits:
Red Kidney Beans
Small Red Beans
Black Eyed Peas
With beans quickly becoming the new perfect food, why not try a new recipe today!? Beans, Beans, they really are good for your heart!
More information on Beans and Pulses
- Food Standards Agency - Eat well, be well - Pulses, nuts and seeds
Pulses include beans, lentils and peas. Nuts and seeds are a tasty source of protein and other nutrients.
More information about Pulses
- Passion For Pulses - Health Benefits and Pulse Recipes
Find pulse recipes for both vegetarians and meat eaters, and information about the health benefits of eating pulses.