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9 Reasons To Eat Beans


9 Reasons To Eat Beans

Ava Morris June 3, 2019

Beans have a special place in various cuisines. As beans have many health benefits, they are used in a healthy diet, sports nutrition, and a recommended dietary choice for children.

Beans are one of the longest-cultivated plants. We value these tiny seeds for their unique properties.

Today only grains are more popular than beans. There are myriads of beans but the most common are:  

  • peas;
  • lentils;
  • chickpea;
  • shell beans;
  • soybeans;
  • peanut.

There are many types in the bean family and each type has its unique characteristics. But they share one thing – all beans are good for our health. Give them a try and incorporate them to your diet. 

Here is a list of 9 reasons why we should eat beans but this list is not exhaustive.

Reason 1: Nutritional value

Beans are high-protein food and this is why they got a nickname vegetable meat. Beans can substitute meat because they are rich in valuable amino acids.

Amino acids found in beans are essential which means that they can not be synthesized in a human body but they are easily digested.

Reason 2: Detox

All beans are rich in fiber. Insoluble fibers are essential for metabolism. They help to prevent constipation, eliminate toxins, and radionuclides.

More importantly, beans fiber lowers the level of low-density lipoprotein or “bad” cholesterol reducing the risk of developing cardiovascular disorders.  

Reason 3: Low-calorie food

Beans are not only nutritious but also low-calorie food. 100 g of beans contain only 56.8 calories.

It takes time to convert beans carbohydrates to glucose, that is why when you eat beans, you feel full for a longer time. For this reason, beans are a must for those who want to lose weight.

Reason 4: Disease prevention

Flavonoids, isoflavonoids, and antioxidants found in beans help to prevent such diseases as hypertension, heart attack, and cancer.

Include beans in your regular diet and you will notice that your hair, nails, and skin look healthier. Beans are also good for the health of the urogenital system, liver, and bronchopulmonary system. They also improve your memory, regulate glucose level, and boost your immunity.

Reason 5: Flavor

Beans are valued for their flavor. There are so many varieties that cooking options are endless: soups, stews, desserts to name just a few.

Most beans go well with herbs, oils, vegetables, and sour cream.

Reason 6: Vitamins

When there is a lack of seasonal fruits and vegetables, give beans a try. All varieties are a good source of B Vitamins (B1, B2, B6), C, A, PP. 

Beans are also packed with such essential minerals as phosphorous, magnesium, and iron. Generally, beans will keep for a very long time, so you can always have a stock of this useful food.

Reason 7: Low allergenic potency

Beans trigger allergic reactions less often compared to vegetables, fruits, and grains. Peas and green beans are recommended as supplementary food for babies.

Reason 8: Fighting stress

Beans contain a special amino acid lysine. It regulates the nervous system, boosts your mood, and helps fight stress.

Reason 9: Anemia prevention

Compared to other plants and vegetables, beans contain more iron. To prevent diseases associated with iron deficiency, make sure to include beans to your diet.