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Legumes and Their Benefits

Sure, they take a while to cook, but once they are done, it is very simple to make delicious food. But this article will not give you recipes, but will explain why we should add them to one of our daily meals, every single day. However, if you want to receive optimum health benefits from beans and other legumes, it is highly recommended to stay away from the canned versions because the process kills the saponins,

Sure, they take a while to cook, but once they are done, it is very simple to make delicious food. But this article will not give you recipes, but will explain why we should add them to one of our daily meals, every single day. However, if you want to receive optimum health benefits from beans and other legumes, it is highly recommended to stay away from the canned versions because the process kills the saponins, which is the compound responsible for the production of soap-like foam when soaked, which means that even soaking is not recommended for this.

Vitamins and Minerals

Legumes are known to be the vegetable with the most complete amount of minerals and vitamins. They are rich in protein, iron, folic acid and calcium. To make it even better, the composition allows for maximum absorption, making them the best choice over other foods that although contain more of one specific nutrient, but would not be absorbed as well.

Appetite Control

The fiber and protein content in these simple little wonders make them the best choice for those who just can’t seem to fill up during meals – which also helps greatly with the omnivore-to-vegan transition. Using them can be as easy as adding some lentils to your rice or snaking on hummus between meals.

Heart Disease Prevention

As we all know already, replacing meat with legumes will definitely help prevent heart disease, since they are so low in fat, especially saturated ones.

Possible Cancer Protection

Legumes are said to help prevent cancer as well, especially colon cancer.

Other disease-control benefits:

- Prevents birth defects

- Keeps nervous system healthy

- Keeps circulatory system healthy

- Prevent metabolic syndrome

- Prevent type 2 diabetes

- Prevent obesity

- Decrease blood lipids

- Lower blood glucose response

- Decrease in dental cavities

- Helps heal lead poisoning

- Helps invert renal stones

 

 

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  1. Veganara
    Veganara
    Voted. Great blog. I love legumes and I didn't know all this about them! I didn't know, for example, that they contain saponins - are these substances quite nutritious? I know that they are also found in the soapwort plant, which used to be used hundreds of years ago as a primitive type of soap. I almost always use canned beans, etc, so I will try to use raw ones more in future, if they are better. You might be interested in my latest blog, Feathered Friends, btw, please check it out. :-)
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  2. SnakeWitch
    I kinda have to eat tons of legumes here in Colombia because there aren't many places that sell vegan alternatives, and most are not organic (or even GMO-free), so I stick to fresh red beans and lots of lentils and navy beans. There yummy, though, don't get me wrong. I enjoy tofu, too, though, and miss it quite a lot. Voted!
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  3. kristo
    kristo
    voted! well researched article.
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  4. dianabart
    dianabart
    Great Article..I Love my Legumes! :)
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