Legumes or beans as we all call it are quite underutilized plant foods that are great you're your health-promoting goodness to any meal. Vegetables such as beans and other legumes are an important source of protein and also great sources of resistant starch since they also offer protein, B vitamins, and other nutrients. Legumes or beans are also called “poor people’s meat” because they are inexpensive source of protein. Let's get to its umpteenth health benefits:
- Legumes are high sources of dietary fibre which help to keep our bowels healthy
- Being natural sources of carbohydrates, they make them a particularly good food for preventing and managing diabetes.
- Legumes are also made up of protein, making them an ideal base to a vegetarian dish or a substitute for meat
- Legumes are highly satiating food, which means it will help in refraining from eating unhealthy food for longer period of time.
- Some of the legumes have good sources of antioxidants, which means they contain free radicals that keep certain type of cancers at bay.
Eating Tips For Legumes:
- Add legumes in your salads to amp up their taste and nutritional value manifolds.
- Red beans are important ingredients in tacos.
- Serve hummus (a low-fat dip made from chickpeas) with vegetable sticks for a delicious snack.
- Make chilli con carne with beans, health in a bowl.
- Small cans of baked beans make a great breakfast option.
- Beans can be a great inclusion in lasagna or tacos.
- Chickpeas can be used to make kababs like falafel.
A daily diet that emphasizes nutrient-dense foods like legumes and beans, or those that deliver a wide range of nutrients for relatively few calories, does more than provide energy, it nourishes your body and supports good health.