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Health Spotlight on BEANS! (Complete Health Guide)

Beans, beans, good for your heart. The more you eat them, the more you…

Improve your health?

It may not have the same ring to it as the more common ending to this children’s ditty, but the simple truth is that beans are extremely healthy…

So healthy that they’ve been incorporated into nearly every cuisine on the planet…

From Japan’s edamame (boiled soybeans) to South American black beans being a base for many meals to our own country’s tradition of baked beans.

That’s right. No matter where you turn, beans show up as a staple of the human diet…

And for good reason – there’s a lot to like about beans…

Today, I’m going to take a different approach than my usual Health Spotlight articles…

Because most beans have a relatively similar nutrient profile, I’m going to tell you why they’re healthy and then recommend the best beans for each purpose…

Let’s get started with the first reason you might want to eat more beans…

How Beans Work for Weight Loss

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Now, beans have LOTS of calories, but the trade-off is that those calories come with plenty of nutrients, which make them a great choice for any weight loss diet…

And on the top of that nutrient list… is fiber.

All beans have a considerable amount of fiber, which improves your overall digestive process by encouraging good bacteria growth…

Add in a healthy dose of protein, and it’s easy to see why you feel so full after a bowl of beans.

And that’s not all – the more beans you eat, the more weight you lose…

A study by Purdue University compared groups of people with varying bean intakes and those that consumed 3 cups per week lost an impressive 7.5 pounds.

Now, as for the best beans for weight loss, there are a few that stand out:

  • Navy beans
  • Black beans
  • Pinto beans

All of these bean types are packed in protein and fiber, which make them ideal for weight loss…

Another advantage that beans bring to the table (literally) is…

Balanced Blood Sugar

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With zero cholesterol and very low-fat content, beans rate extremely well on the glycemic index…

And what that means for your health is that your body processes beans slowly, with nutrients being absorbed over time instead of a sudden rush…

Which keeps your blood sugar in check and without any spikes.

Now, the upside of this is not just that they’re good for diabetics (although they are)…

But that they prevent many of the problems that occur when your blood sugar is volatile, such as…

  • Mood swings
  • Unexplained irritability
  • Brain fog
  • Low energy after eating

In fact, that last one is very important. If you want continued energy throughout the day, nutrient-dense foods low on the glycemic index are the perfect answer…

And none fit the bill so well as beans…

So instead of an after-meal pick-me-up coffee, fix the underlying problem by consuming one of these top beans for blood sugar regulation:

  • Kidney beans
  • Lima beans
  • Garbanzo beans

We could stop right here with weight loss and balanced blood sugar, and beans would certainly be healthy, but what if I told you that they also…

Fight Cancer and Reduce Your Cancer Risk

bowl filled with different beans

When you hear about antioxidants, it’s usually something about berries, dark leafy greens, or other commonly-accepted superfoods…

But beans are also a rich source of antioxidants, including one called kaempferol…

Which has the dual benefits of helping you prevent cancer…

AND fighting certain forms of cancer in the body, including…

  • Breast cancer
  • Lung cancer
  • Kidney cancer
  • And cancer of the bladder

When you compare the low cost of beans versus other “superfoods,” the health value grows exponentially…

Very few foods available have such a great nutrients/cost ratio.

Here’s some of the best beans to consume for improved cancer protection:

  • Yellow and green snap beans
  • Mung beans
  • Soybeans

Now, I’ve been saving the best bean benefit for last, and it’s probably one you’ve heard about before…

Can Beans Save You From a Heart Attack?

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Simply put, the more beans you eat, the lower your risk of a heart attack…

One study concluded that eating a bowl of beans per day cuts your risk down by 38%

And not only that, but beans and legumes also lower your OVERALL risk of premature death…

But in the case of heart health, that’s where beans really stand out. They protect your heart in a number of ways:

  • Heart-Healthy Vitamins – Beans contain a well-rounded mix of vitamins and minerals, including magnesium, potassium, folate, niacin, and zinc, all of which contribute to keeping your ticker in good shape.
  • Lower Your Cholesterol – On their own, beans don’t contain either good or bad cholesterol. However, once consumed, they stop your body from absorbing LDL (the bad cholesterol) and eliminate that cholesterol from other foods that you’re eating at the same time.
  • Reduced Inflammation – It’s well documented that inflammation and oxidative stress are two of the most common causes of heart issues, leading to clogged arteries and plaque buildups. The phytonutrients in beans manage this inflammation process and help to keep your blood passageways clear.
  • Better Blood Pressure – The leading theory for why beans improve your blood pressure is that they give your blood vessels more elasticity, allowing them to contract and expand more effectively, thus regulating your blood pressure.

If heart health is your main reason for consuming more beans, then all beans will help, but the following ones will give the most benefits per serving:

  • Garbanzo beans
  • Lentils and peas
  • Black beans

New Respect for the Humble Bean

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The simple bean may be one of the most common foods on the planet, but the potential health benefits you get from eating this humble ingredient are truly out of this world!

I hope this article has opened your eyes to the power of beans and you’re considering adding them into your standard diet.

If you’re looking to improve your heart health longterm, I recommend you…AccuHeart Natural Heart Health Supplement

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