Thursday, May 20, 2010
The Scoop on Legumes. Beans, baby.
Here's a lovely blurb about legumes that I found on a little website that's kinda cool. It's going to tell us why we should eat beans.
1. They are low in fat.
2. They are high in protein.
3.They have folate (say foh-late), potassium (po-tass-ee-um), iron and magnesium (mag-neez-ee-um), which are all good for your body.
4.They have lots of fibre which means that your body doesn't digest it all, and what's left acts as a broom to sweep out your digestive system, keeping cholesterol levels down and helping your heart.
5. They have phytochemicals (fy-tow-kemi-kals) which are compounds which may help prevent diseases like heart disease, cancer and diabetes.
What I'm talking about is beans. Black beans are big in his house (with some fresh pico de gallo and sour cream). Red beans, kidney beans. All that. So eat some. In a bowl, tortilla, nachos, dip, whatever.
To tell you the truth, I didn't know the difference between a bean and a legume. And then I started reading this article about it. But then I stopped because I didn't know it was that complex and I actually don't care all that much. But if you do, read it here.