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5 Surprising Health Benefits Of Beans You Should Know

Beans is a pretty common food staple in Nigeria. We eat it as beans pottage mixed with palm oil, white rice and beans with stew, akara, moi-moi, and the famous Yoruba dish, “ewa agoyin” to name a few. Nigerians really like their beans.

However, apart from being a yummy and versatile ingredient, beans also has some great health benefits. It’s the cheapest source of protein. It also contains complex carbs and is just as healthy as your vegetables. Amazing right?

Here are 5 surprising health benefits of beans you should know:

1. They are low in fat

Beans contain about 2 to 3 percent fat, and contain no cholesterol. In fact, beans actually lower cholesterol levels. So you can load up on beans to eat as part of a healthy diet.

2. They are good for the heart

Beans have health benefits for your heart because they contain a lot of soluble fibre which reduces cholesterol and helps to keep your heart in good shape.

3. They aid digestion

We all know this! A meal of beans will help you have frequent bowel movements and help to prevent constipation.

4. They reduce the risk of cancer

They are filled with great antioxidants and fibre which promote overall health and prevent serious disease like cancer.

5. They help with weight management

The protein content in beans makes them very filling, so you don’t get hungry on time. If you don’t get hungry, you don’t eat a lot and if you don’t eat a lot, you don’t gain weight. At least that’s how it works most times.

Source: Zumi Nigeria

 

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