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Published on June 27th, 2009 | by amandatallman

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Why are Beans so Good for You?

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Are beans a regular part of your diet? If you’re interested in improving your health and well being, they should be. Our ancestors could teach us a thing or two about healthy eating, many cultures have included beans as a staple in their diets for thousands of years. So why are beans so good for you?

photo credit Stuti ~Eat at least a cup of beans weekly

Eat at least a cup of beans weekly

Among other things, beans help lower cholesterol and fight heart disease. According to Patti Bazel Weil R.D, diabetes nutrition educator at the University of Kentucky in Lexington and author of “Magic Beans,” eating a cup of cooked beans a day can lower your total cholesterol by up to 10% in 6 weeks. A study conducted at the University of Kentucky has shown that only three weeks of increased bean intake (3/4 cup of navy and pinto beans) lowered the men’s cholesterol by an average of 19%. This reduces the risk of heart attack by almost 40%.

Red beans are as beneficial as other foods known for their antioxidant properties such as as green tea, wine and berries. Besides, they load the body with protein and dietary fiber which helps to curb your appetite for fatty foods. Mexican red beans, Alava pinto or kidney beans also make a great source of natural minerals like iron, magnesium, potassium, copper and phosphorus.

According to research performed by Michigan State University, kidney beans, lima beans, pinto beans and navy beans are the healthiest. It is recommended that you get about three cups of beans per week into your diet to achieve the best health results, but even as little as a cup per week can help you achieve impressive results!



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  • Katy

    hi, i eat beans every single day for lunch and dinner. i eat variety too, of course. sometimes i have black, pinto, white, and also garbanzos..and brown beans too. I have been eating them since day 1 that I was able to eat for the first time. So pretty much, since i was born…beans along with rice. so does that mean i dont have any cholesterol?

    • http://Web John

      No that means your a Beaner lol.

      • Winston

        It means you’re an ignorant redneck, But its fine go eat a hamburger and die out of a heart attack.

        • mel

          true story Winston! same here, im from Brazil and in our culinary we eat pretty much everyday rice and beans, we also feed our children rice and beans as soon as they start eating solid things. Its amazing how much protein and vitamins u cab get from that combination, im so glad that i was raised this way.
          Now living in the USA for the past 5 years, i have been teaching my husband how important it is… he eats healthy and we are just a great combo to begging with ;)
          although that does not mean u dont have cholesterol nor will u ever be able to get it. It really depends what genes runs in your family and what kind of diet you practice in your life. you cant go wrong eating healthy… So less (or no) meat at all, if possible only white. Lots of fruits, vegetables and of coarse…RICE AND BEANS!
          And for the RedfuckingNeck that called u a “beaner” theres was no better response than the one you already gave him.
          Take Care

    • Jony

      Are you Domincan? Cause I have the same story

    • Denise Weed

      How do you de-gas your beans? I want to feed my family more but this is an issue.
      Thank you,

      • http://vibrantwellnessjournal.com Andrea Bertoli

        Hi Denise- One of the main reasons that people experience gas or bloating from beans is improper cooking. Always soak your beans overnight (or all day, whichever works for your schedule) in fresh water. Drain off the soak water to remove enzyme inhibitors and indigestible stuffs. Then cook until soft. My preferred method is in a crockpot/slowcooker. Overnight or all day cooking makes the softest, most delicious beans ever, and makes cooking easy and hands-off! Email andrea [at] importantmedia [dot] org if you have more questions :)

  • T-Pain

    Beans…the musical fruit :) Wow just reading this makes me wanna eat beans every day now, like Katy here

    It’s too bad canned bacon and beans don’t count…

  • PHANTOM RASBERRY BLOWWER

    BEANS BEANS THE MORE YOU EAT THE MORE YOU FART HAHAH

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  • Danett

    This inmformation is very valuable Thanks .

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