30 Jul Beans And Your Diet
Beans, beans they’re good for your…
They come in a range of colours, vary in size and come from arguably the food group with the best name – Legumes! Get past jokes about flatulence and you discover an important fact; beans are also a nutritious Powerhouse! There is no surprise that countries with the longest living populations have beans as a staple food. So why are they great? Let’s discuss…
Why are they considered a Powerhouse? Have a look at the facts:
- Legumes have been shown to significantly lower risk of heart disease, cancer and diabetes
- Beans contain important micro and macro nutrients including protein, iron, zinc, folate, fibre and potassium
- In 2007 the American Institute for Cancer Research conducted one of the most comprehensive analysis on diet and cancer, in their final report they encouraged beans to be eaten with every meal
Like what your hearing so far?
In England, we may be accustomed having our beans come out from a tin in a sweet tomato sauce to go with our breakfast or on our toast, but did you know that the variety of beans is in the thousands? Below are 10 of the most popular and healthiest:
- Kidney beans
- Navy beans
- Pinto beans
- Black beans
- Adzuki beans
- Fava beans
- Green bean
- chickpeas (yes they are beans!)
So now you know what beans to have, what is a tasty way to have them?
Serving suggestion – Quesadillas
The Latin central America version of toastie! This Mexican dish is a pocket full of flavour! You take a tortilla, stuff it with favourite bites with cheese, include refried beans and cook it on a griddle, simple and tasty!
For recipes; on your search engine, look for refried bean quesadillas
If you have any great recipe suggestions yourself feel free to share them below otherwise Enjoy!