Did you know that beans, peas and lentils or legumes, are a great protein source? They also provide our bodies with essential vitamins and minerals like folate, potassium, iron and magnesium. They contain absolutely no cholesterol, are low in fat, and the fats they do contain are beneficial. As a bonus, legumes are high in fiber and they won’t put much of a dent in your budget because they are inexpensive! Research has even shown that eating legumes helps maintain an even blood sugar level, especially important for those with diabetes or pre-diabetes.
Legumes can be purchased dried or already cooked in cans for quick and easy use. They are great in salads, stews, or wraps and with the right seasonings, they even make delicious low-fat spreads. Ethnic foods, like Mexican or Indian, make a tasty use of legumes and are definitely worth a try. Concerned about possible gas from legumes? Try using canned beans, as they usually are easier to digest. Legumes have a lot to give and should be enjoyed often!
Mayo Clinic (2014) Beans and other legumes: Cooking tips. Taken from: http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/legumes/art-20044278
Archives of Internal Medicine, Vol. 172 (No. 21), Nov. 26, 2012, (1653 – 1660)