Rich In Fiber
Beans are a great source of fiber. Fiber is essential as it helps keeping you regular and also to protect you against high blood pressure, heart disease, high cholesterol and digestive illnesses.
Plenty of Protein
Consuming beans is such a great way of getting low-fat and low-calorie protein that already has the fiber and carbs mixed in it. Beans contain a protein building block known as lysine which is beneficial for the body and greatly benefits vegetarians who may not get enough of it from other proteins.
Helps You In Maintaining A Healthy Weight
If you develop a habit to eating beans, you are more likely to have a slimmer waist, lower body weight and a lower body mass index (BMI). Studies conducted have shown that obese men who are on a protein-rich diet lose more weight when they make beans to be their top protein source.
Boosts Heart Health
Studies have shown that beans work in lowering your LDL "bad" cholesterol levels.This is the main reason why you should incorporate beans into your regular diet.
Good For Diabetes Control
Consuming a variety of beans not only helps in preventing diabetes but aids in controlling the high blood sugar that is both a cause and symptom of the disease.
Great Source of Iron
Did you know that your body uses iron to make blood proteins which are hemoglobin and myoglobin that help in moving oxygen around your body. Iron is also a key nutrient for your body's hormones and connective tissue like the ligaments and tendons.
Beans contain magnesium which helps in making bone and protein and bone and in stabilizing the blood sugar. Black beans(njahi) are a particularly good source of this key nutrient.
Rich In Potassium
Your body needs potassium for performance of key body organs such as kidneys,heart, muscles, and nerves. Beans are greatly rich in potassium.
Loaded With Zinc
Your cells need zinc to fight off germs, make genetic material and heal wounds. Zinc is important as it helps children to develop properly and aids your senses of taste and smell.
Rich In Folate
Folate which is a B vitamin is very vital for women who are pregnant or trying to have a baby because it helps in preventing certain birth defects. It's also good for cell division, heart health and your nervous system.
Contains Resistant Starch
Resistant starch is so essential as it acts like fiber in that it's harder to digest. It normally moves to the large intestine, where "healthy" bacteria in your gut feed on it.
Resistant starches are vital as they make you feel more full and keep your blood sugar down. To increase the resistant starch in beans, let them cool down and refrigerate them afterwards.
What About the Gas?
The major downside to consuming beans is that you may get gas especially if you add a lot of beans to your diet. Drinking plenty of water can help in easing the gas that beans cause so can over-the-counter meds as well. Preparation makes a major difference. You will get less gas from dried beans if you soak them overnight before preparing them.
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