Bean healthy, not just hot air

Most of us connect bean eating with gas production and not much else unless we’re diehard vegetarians.  I’m one of them so having tucked into my fifth serve of a delectable corn and mixed bean dish that I enjoyed at a medical meeting the other night I thought I’d research the possible upside of this culinary pleasure.

I was delighted to discover that one serve of beans which is a little less than a cup full while providing almost 15 grams of protein and a similar amount of fibre reduces mortality risk by 8 %.  I’m not sure what that means in real time but I’ll take it.

 To get the complete enchilada of benefits especially with regard to our hearts we would need to consume ½ cup of beans daily, a little bit of a stretch, but then we would enjoy a 38% lower risk of having a heart attack and an improvement in blood sugar control.

 With meat eating being associated with an escalation in global warming consuming more beans might not only enrich our futures but also augment the longevity of our planet.

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