Regularly I get asked the question: Why are beans so good? Or why should I eat more beans? It is hard to ignore that the consumption of beans has the potential to improve your diet and therefor also your health. I will explain to you why, short but sweet.
Beans have a couple of very good properties. The first one is the protein content. Pulses contain a good amount of protein and when you combine them with grains like rice or wheat, the mix of amino acids, thus the protein quality, comes close to that of meat. On top of that beans, lentils and peas contain a large amount of fiber. Increasing the fiber content of your diet comes with many advantages for you, like a lower risk for some diseases, a fulfilled feeling after the meal and an improvement of bowel movements and stool. The carbohydrates in pulses are of the slow kind, which means that you will not have the negative effects of a glucose peek after you’ve eaten pulses. This will also leave you satisfied with your meal longer and prevent you from craving unhealthy snacks soon. All these good properties come without the saturated fat that some kinds of meat are known for. Perfect right?
Also in terms of vitamins and minerals beans, lentils and peas are pretty awesome! Many folks do not consume enough iron and pulses are ideal to increase iron consumption. B- vitamins is also what pulses are known to provide. And on top of that they reduce the levels of LDL-cholesterol.
Besides the advantages for your own wellbeing, you can also eat pulses with a good feeling and a smile on you face. Eating beans, lentils and peas has a positive effect on the global environment, so you are doing good for all of us.
Pulses are leguminous plant. They bind nitrogen, which means that they do not need a lot of nutrients via the application of fertilizers or manure. The application of fertilizers and manure causes emissions like carbon dioxide (CO2) and laughing gas (N2O). These emissions cause an impact on climate change. As pulses require less application of nutrients, the cultivation of pulses has a relatively low impact on climate change compared to other (protein rich) food items. So, if you replace other protein rich products in your diet by pulses, the total environmental impact of your diet will reduce.
You should eat more beans, lentils and peas: Comfort food, without the guilt!