Advantages of Eating Beans
Also known as pulses and legumes, beans belong to a tremendously large category of vegetables. Beans contain more than 13,000 species and are second to grains in providing calories and proteins to the world’s population. They are also the world’s most ancient cultivated plants. Beans include peas, green beans, soybeans, black beans, chickpeas, lupins and vetches. Beans are an inexpensive source of proteins and can be used in soups, salads, pasta, stews, dips and side dishes.
Beans provide myriad health benefits, a few of which are cited below:
- REDUCE THE RISK OF CANCER: Studies have shown that men who consume more beans are less likely to get prostate cancer. Women who regularly eat beans and lentils are less likely to develop breast cancer. Eating beans lowers the risk of other types of cancer also due to the combinations of antioxidants, fiber, phytochemicals, minerals and vitamins.
- PROMOTE HEART HEALTH: Beans have multitude of characteristics that make them healthy for heart. The soluble fiber present in proteins helps reduce the LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol). The folate in beans is also advantageous, since it helps lower levels of homocysteine, an amino acid that may augment the risk of heart disease when found in high amounts in the blood.
- LOWER THE RISK OF DISBETES: Studies have proved that consuming more beans lowers the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. This is due to the antioxidant and fiber content in beans and also due to the low glycemic index of beans compared to other carbohydrates. High fiber foods are beneficial for diabetic patients because a portion is digested separately from other carbohydrates and are less likely to cause a rise in blood sugar. The glycemic index is known to measure the effect of carbohydrate containing foods on blood sugar. Foods low on the index cause blood sugar levels to rise the least.
- IMPROVE BONE DENSITY: Studies have shown that green bean consumption is positively linked to bone mineral density in men and pre-menopausal women. It is also proved that silicon in green beans is more effortlessly absorbed by the body than that found in other vegetables, making it easily available for bone building.
- HIGH NUTRITION CONTENT: Beans are a rich source of iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, copper, folate, fiber, zinc and potassium. The accurate nutritional composition of beans depends on the type you consume but on average beans contain approximately 115 calories per half cup of serving, along with 6 grams of fiber, 8 grams of protein and almost no fat. Their high protein and fiber content fills you up so you eat fewer calories, making it possible to maintain a healthy weight.
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