Legumes' Health

“Legumes” seems like such a fancy word. Let’s clarify that we are discussing beans, folks.  Beans, lentils, peas, chickpeas, it is all good. And good for you.   Legumes are incredibly nutritious, high in fiber and protein, low in fat, and low in glycemic load.

Legumes for heart health

Scientific studies have linked a diet high in beans with a lower risk of developing obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, cardiovascular disease, or strokes.  Eating legumes every day may effectively treat these diseases in those who already have them.  In one randomized controlled clinical study of over 100 individuals with type 2 diabetes, consuming at least one cup of beans (beans, chickpeas, or lentils) daily for three months has been associated with significant decreases in body fat (2.7 kilograms, about 6 pounds); waist circumference (a 1.4-centimeter loss ); blood glucose (a 0.5percent decline in HbA1c); cholesterol (an 8-point drop in LDL, measured in mg/dl); and blood pressure (a 4.5-point decrease in systolic and a 3.1-point reduction in diastolic blood pressures, measured in mm Hg).  All these improvements are remarkable!  We are talking about legumes, not medications with all those side

effects. Similar findings are reported from other studies. An investigation of Eight randomized controlled clinical trials, including data from over 550 participants with a vast selection of medical issues, found that participants who consumed about a cup of beans daily for ten weeks had a substantial reduction in systolic blood pressure (average 2.25 factors ).  In another study, researchers combined data from ten randomized controlled trials representing over 250 participants prescribed legumes daily for at least three weeks.  The beans diverse: pinto beans, chickpeas, baked beans, lentils, and peas in quantities ranging from 1/2 cup to 2 cups.  None of the participants had been carrying a naturopathic medicine. Yet, the legume diets led to a mean 8-point drop in LDL cholesterol (low-density lipoprotein, the”bad” cholesterol).  This is far better than many people can reach with pills!

How do beans have all these benefits?

Legumes are high in fiber, especially viscous soluble fiber, which slows Their absorption from the small intestine and binds up particular molecules with cholesterol.  This makes beans low in glycemic index and load, resulting in reduced blood glucose and less insulin released after eating them. This fiber lowers cholesterol levels.

But wait, there’s more: not only are legumes high in fiber, but they are also high in protein, which makes them very satisfying and filling, so people tend to eat less of other things.  And they contain loads of magnesium, potassium, folate, and other plant nutrients associated with reduced blood pressure and improved cardiovascular health.

Despite all this definitive proof, people in America usually do not eat many legumes.  Given how healthful and economical beans, lentils, chickpeas, and legumes are, we plan to assist with a few suggestions:

Chili: this hot dish could be super-healthy, also.  Omit any meat and add extra beans (no-salt-added or low-salt canned beans work well).

  • Lentil or minestrone: hearty and warming soups can easily be made at home or bought (make sure to purchase low-salt varieties).