Health Benefits of Eating Beans
- Beans are good source of protein, providing about 15 grams per cup – soybean has the most protein content which is 29 grams per cup.
- Beans are high in soluble fiber which can help lower cholesterol levels. In a study it was found that eating legumes (beans) four times a week, as opposed to only once, was associated with a 22% lower risk of coronary heart disease.
- Beans also contain insoluble fiber. This insoluble fiber prevents and even combats diseases such as, colon cancer, constipation, and many other conditions of the intestinal tract. Insoluble fiber swells the size of the stool which pressurizes the intestines to move things along quickly. This creates a natural cleansing mechanism for the colon.
- Beans are a great food for a fat-restricted diet, because most beans contain only 2-3% fat. Beans have also been proven to help people with diabetes.
- Some varieties of beans, especially chick peas, are rich in plant substances known as phytoestrogens which have an action similar to, though far weaker than, the hormone oestrogen in the body.
- Beans are high in folate which is beneficial for pregnant women because it can help prevent birth defect.