It's rare for me to blog about a single food category, but this one is so underappreciated, it's worthy. Please read on ...
Top 6 reasons to make BEANS a regular part of your diet:
1. They are one of the most nutritionally complete foods available.
2. They are an excellent protein source (with no negative animal protein consumption consequences.)
3. They can dramatically reduce your risk of being amongst the 97% of Americans who don't get enough daily fiber.(Their high-quality soluble fiber helps regulate blood sugar and lower cholesterol, Their insoluble fiber helps prevent intestinal disorders, control appetite and keeps you feeling full.)
4. They are an environmentally friendly food source (especially compared to animal protein sources.)
5. They are known cancer fighters. In fact, the most comprehensive analysis of diet and cancer ever performed was published by the American Institute for Cancer Research. Sifting through some half a million studies, nine independent research teams from around the globe created a landmark scientific consensus report reviewed by 21 of the top cancer researchers in the world. One of their summary cancer-prevention recommendations is to eat whole grains and/or legumes (beans, split peas, chickpeas, or lentils) with every meal. Not every week or every day. Every meal.
6. They are versatile i.e. they come in many varieties and there are so many ways to enjoy them
Not surprising that I encourage my coaching clients to eat cleaner and ratchet up their nutrition with beans and legumes. A common question is " How does one easily incorporate beans into the diet?"
Top 5 ways to eat more beans
In soups, stews, chillis
In burritos and wraps
Tossed atop salads
In veggie-centric side dishes
My invitation to you
Make a dish this week that includes a favorite bean variety. Repeat next week. Double down the following week. Small steps add up to big change over time.
To your good health!
Certified Whole Health Coach
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