Its no secret…
Beans are one of the healthiest whole foods out there. The benefits of beans are numerous and powerful. Simply adding them to your diet will increase your health and help you lose weight.
This is our guide to the health benefits of beans, how to incorporate them into your healthy lifestyle. We also provide other resources and information from some of the most well respected nutrition experts and doctors in the field. Our goal is to provide the knowledge and guidance to support your journey to optimal nutrition.
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Some Health Benefits of Beans:
- Beans are one of the most ancient plant foods in the human diet dating back to 7000 B.C.
- Like grains, fruits and vegetables, beans can be part of the healthiest type of diet – one low in fat.
- Beans are highly nutritious and rich in protein. They are included in both the vegetable and protein groups in the USDA’s Food Pyramid.
- Because beans are high in fiber, they can help keep your body regular. This can lower your risk of cancer and heart disease. Beans are digested slowly, so the longer-lasting fullness can also help people who are trying to lose weight.
- Beans are hard to beat as a good source of protein and fiber – 1/3 cup = 5 gms protein and 6 gms fiber.
- Beans are a storehouse of nutrients. In general, beans are rich in iron, calcium, phosphorous, zinc and potassium.
- The USDA describes beans as “one of the lowest fat choices you can make.” Beans have no cholesterol or sugar, and their high protein content makes them an excellent low-fat alternative for animal protein.
- Canned beans are usually high in salt, making cooked dry beans without added salt a better choice
- And many more!