Beans and legumes have many health benefits and should be included in a well balanced diet (they are full vitamins, minerals, protein, and fiber). This week, Mint Nutrition Clinic and our nutritionists and registered dietitians are discussing the healthiness of eating beans and legumes.
Health Benefits of Beans/Legumes
Dried beans, peas, and lentils are all examples of beans and legumes. They are very healthy for us, because they have a lot of B vitamins, iron, folate, and fibre (Eatright Ontario, 2017). Also, rice and beans is a great option for people who do not eat meat; because, they have all of the protein that an individual needs. Also, eating a well balanced diet that includes beans and legumes is beneficial for reducing your risk of developing colon cancer, heart disease, and diabetes.
Including 1/2 cup - 1 cup of beans daily (200 calories per cup), is a great way to increase your fiber and vitamin intake. Therefore, beans and legumes shouldn't be overlooked. They are rich in many nutrients/vitamins and help us feel fuller for longer, allowing us to eat less in return. The high protein and fiber content also helps satiety, and lowering appetite levels.
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Eatright Ontario. (2017). All About Legumes. Retrieved from http://www.unlockfood.ca/en/Articles/Cooking-Food-Preparation/Cooking-with-Legumes.aspx