Beans are the magical fruit whose (sometimes surprising) benefits have been forgotten in today’s diet. From black beans to cannellini and chickpeas, these legumes provide an easy way to get the indispensable nutrients our body needs in order to function correctly.
They can fit into different food groups: they are rich in complex carbs -just like breads and starches; they offer several vitamins and minerals -like vegetables; their high amount of protein can help you with your plant-based diet, plus they are cholesterol free.
In fact, a study done by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 2004, showed that beans are very high on antioxidants. Moreover, beans provide a great amount of magnesium, fiber and phytochemical helping some health issues like atherosclerosis, diabetes and hypertension.
Read on to find out some of the benefits of eating beans and learn more of this modern-day superfood.
They are a great source of fiber
It is well known that beans have positioned high on the diet of vegans and vegetarians, but they can also be included in everyone’s diet! High-protein beans help keep blood-sugar levels stable, supporting in the prevention of sugar cravings.
Between each meal there is a common tendency for a crash time to appear. To add beans to your breakfast and lunch will prevent this to happen and will keep you full until your next meal.
They are great for digestion
Beans contain soluble and insoluble fiber keeping your digestive system running perfectly. The first protein gives you the full feeling and the second one helps prevent constipation.
They might increase flatulence during the first weeks of consumption, but do not worry, after the third week, reports have shown that everything goes back to normal.
They help you lose weight
Beans will help you feel fuller for a longer time because of their rich fiber content.
Satiating your hunger is the key to avoid overeating and consuming a big number of calories during the day. When adding beans into your meals, you are making sure you are taking enough nutrients as well as taking care of your body shape, making dieting a piece of a cake.
They are tasty
They are easy to cook and to add into any dish. Their unique and delicious flavor makes them an easy-go ingredient that can be used in any recipe or cuisine; from snacks to main dishes their color, shape and savor will encourage you to be creative in the kitchen.
They are great for snacking
When starting a new diet, you have to make sure you are adding smart foods into your meal plan. Smart foods are those low in calories but high in nutrients, they also provide you with the necessary energy to keep up with today’s fast-paced life.
Beans make perfect snacks, so give up on those typical baby carrots and celeries, and indulge in some delicious snack dip or spreads.
At VivoTribe we have recently launched our BeanVivo snacks. These healthy and sustainable nibbles are made of organic beans providing all the nutrients you need to feel satisfied while you are on the go. To learn more click here.