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Beans the contributor to heart health.


Date Posted: 10/17/2012 1:02:49 PM

Posted By: Dougy Songs  Membership Level: Silver  Total Points: 325

No other food beats the popularity of beans.Other than what we see in beans with our eyes, beans have many functions to our health.

Bean are good source of cholesterol-lowering fiber. The higher fiber content prevents blood sugar levels from rising too rapidly after meal, making them suitable or especially good choice for individuals with diabetes or insulin resistance. Beans are rich in soluble and insoluble fiber.
A cup of cooked kidney beans provides 46 per cent of the recommended daily intake of fiber.

Are you aware that beans also contribute to your heart health? Apart from its fiber content, beans produce significant amounts of folate and magnesium. Folate helps lower levels of homocysteine an amino acid that is a by-product of metabolic process.Elevated blood levels of homocysteine are an independent risk factor for heart attack, stroke or peripheral vascular disease. Consuming a 100% of the daily value of folate would, by itself, reduce the number of heart attacks. One cup of cooked beans provides more than half (57%) of the recommended daily intake of folate.

Beans also provides slow burning complex carbohydrates, beans also can increase your energy by replenishing your iron stores. Menstruating women who are more at risk of iron deficiency can boost iron stores with beans because they are low in calories and virtually fat free.

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