Why eat beans?

Why should beans be an important part of your diet?

beans

why beans are important. 

Here are the top 10 reasons why beans should be incorporated into our diet:

10) Beans are an inexpensive source of vegetable protein.  They’re cheap.  Good source of protein.  And they’re not meat-based.

9) They are an excellent source of soluble and insoluble fiber.  Dietary fiber is so good for our insides.  In a previous article, entitled “Why we need dietary fiber”, the many benefits of fiber are outlined.

8) They are a good source of vitamins and minerals.  Beans are an excellent source of thiamin and folate.  A good intake of folate is associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular disease in some individuals.  Beans are also rich in magnesium, phosphorus, copper, and manganese, and are a good source of potassium, riboflavin, vitamin b6, and contain some calcium and selenium.

7) They are naturally low in sodium.

6) Beans are naturally low in fat and contain no cholesterol.

5) Because the starch in beans is digested much slower and less completely than cereal starch, beans have a naturally low glycemic index.  Low glycemic index foods are beneficial because they assist with stabilizing blood sugar levels in the body.

4) Legumes contain a number of compounds that have potential health benefits, including saponins, phytic acid, plant sterols, phenolic compounds, enzyme inhibitors, and lectins. Much interest has been generated in examining some of these compounds with respect to chronic disease prevention (see the article “Dry Beans and Human Health“).

3) Beans aid in the prevention and/or management of chronic diseases such as diabetes, obesity, and cancer.

2) By incorporating beans into our diet we can reduce our risk of premature death due to heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and certain types of cancer.

1) And, while beans may cause some abdominal discomfort due to the slower and somewhat incomplete digestion of bean starch, they may also help protect against colon cancer for that same reason.

So, if beans are not a staple in your weekly meal plans, there are numerous reasons why they should be.

Advertisements

6 thoughts on “Why eat beans?

  1. Pingback: Top sources of veggie Protein | Start to be Healthy Now

  2. Reblogged this on OrganicREADY and commented:
    Legumes are very important in human nutrition because they are higher in protein than any other plant food and the quality of the protein they contain is high as well. Soybeans contain more protein than beef and soy products, such as soy meal and soy flour, and are often used to improve the protein content of commercially prepared foods such as pasta and bread. Because of their protein and iron content and relatively low cost, legumes are excellent meat substitutes for vegetarians and others who choose to cut back on or avoid animal foods for health or economic reasons.

    Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/article/136251-legumes-nutrition/#ixzz2MJDSIbA1

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: