During the Great Depression beans were labeled the poor man’s meat because of their high protein and inexpensive price.
Beans contain Niacin, Thiamin, Riboflavin, B6 vitamins as well as many other nutrients. They are also high in complex carbohydrates, potassium and fiber. Not only do beans contain all of this, they also have more calcium and iron per cup than three ounces of meat and contain no cholesterol. It even lowers the risk of colon cancer.
Are you interested in foods that help you age better? Research has discovered that beans have anti-aging agents found in the seed coat. They have eight flavonoids in these coverings, six that are very strong in antioxidants.
Beans have been shown to be a great cancer prevention so when you are on your high week take advantage of these when ever you can. Here are a few recipes to get you started.
Fresh pea examples are shell peas, black-eyed peas, and english peas. I had always thought of them as beans. Although both are in the “legume family” the major difference is that peas have a hollow stem and beans have a solid stem. Although the pea is treated as a vegetable it is actually a fruit. Here is a list of some of the benefits of eating both fresh peas and beans:
- Heart disease prevention
- Prevent constipation
- Healthy bones
- Reduces bad cholesterol
- Blood sugar regulation
- Prevention of wrinkles, alzheimer’s, arthritis, bronchitis, osteoporosis and candida
- Anti-aging, strong immune system, and high energy
- Stomach cancer prevention
- Weight Management
For more info on each of these benefits you can go to Real Food For Life and read more on each one.
Compared to grains, though, legumes supply about the same number of calories but usually two to four times as much proteins.