Pained Pony Beans In The Photo
As a person with a ongoing weight problem, a diabetic and a cancer survivor I have studied long and hard to try to find foods that are really good for you and beans are one of the best foods you can eat.
Beans are filled with fiber and if you eat lots of beans the fiber will help to control your cholesterol and you will have far fewer stomach troubles when you take in plenty of fiber. Beans are also high in protein, folate, iron, and complex carbohydrates. If you have a cholesterol problem you should be eating beans.
Lentils are also a kind of bean and are also very good for you.
Black Eyed Peas which you make Texas Caviar out of are also a bean and very good for you.
And who can forget red beans and rice which is still a favorite of people in New Orleans on Mondays.
Red Beans and Rice
Beans are one of the best things you can eat to help with a cholesterol problem or with stomach problems. They are an excellent source of protein.
What is your favorite way to make beans? Did you know they are really good for you?
Awesome photos. My favorite healthy bean dish is hummus - ground chick peas with salt, olive oil, and garlic. I also love black bean soup with oranges or orange juice and a little vinegar. On the less healthy side, refried black beans are awesome.
Yep, unfortunately I counter all the good effects by eating them with hotdogs. I microwave 2 weenies for 2+ minutes until they are mutated beyond belief. Then cut them up and mix them with the beans. Delicious (to me anyway).
I also like the beans and wieners.
Thanks for the comments.
I love lentils, throw a piece of ham shank, potatoes, onions, garlic, carrots, green bell pepper, a small can of tomato sauce, and some chopped tomatoes to top it off when you serve it. It's really good. We eat it as a soup.
Kidney beans and black beans are two of the ingredients I use in my chili )
It's best to tell both sides of the story. Let's talk about the 3 Evils of Beans:
1) Beans (and all "pulses" in general) are high in tripsin-inhibitors. These nasty little phyto-chemicals prevent the body from assimilating protein properly. If you think that this is no issue, consider the fact that you cannot feed smaller animals like chickens which are being grown for their meat beans, lentils or chick peas unless you first soak and ferment them in order to reduce the tripsin-inhibitor count. Failure to do so will cause major problems with the birds who will be unable to put on weight regardless of the fact that they are being fed a very high-protein diet of beans! Since humans are larger, this effect often goes unnoticed, but anyone who is exercising and hoping to build muscle (which should be the goal of all exercise) should avoid beans like the plague.
2) Beans contain loads of Lectins - lectins are not very good for you. Some nutritional biochemists call them natures "chemical weapons". Legumes are dicotlyedon seeds. That means that they are the actual part of the plant that grows a new plant in reproduction. The plant does not want you to eat its babies. This is in contract to true "fruit" seeds like those rasberries. The rasberry plant wants birds to eat the fruit so that they can poo out the true seeds in a different location. Since legumes don't want their seeds eaten in this way, they've developed "lectins" to make the critters that eat them (us) sick when we do. This is especially pronounced if we are not genetically adapted to eating certain lectins and even more so if we already have gut issues (like IBS, lactose intollerance, gluten sensitivity, ect). You can learn more about that by listening to Superhuman Radio episode #960 here: http://superhumanradio.com/shr-960-best … gated.html
3) Beans contain lots of carbs - carbs boost insulin and insulin is why we get fat. That's the bottom line where weight gain is concerned. There's a lot better ways to get your nutrition than eating beans. See Mark Sisson's post on this here: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/beans-legumes-carbs/
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