The reports continue to come in. In study after study, beans keep showing up as nature’s most nearly perfect food. Two years ago the US Department Agriculture reported that the heart-healthy nutrients found in many vegetables, fruits, and red wines are also found in the skin of beans. Then last year, a 19-year study of nearly 10,000 people showed that people who eat beans, peanut butter, and other legumes at least four times a week have a 21 percent lower risk of heart disease than those who eat legumes less than once a week.
Researchers are still not sure whether it’s the heart-healthy nutrients found in the skin, the soluble fiber found in the bean, which lowers cholesterol, or the folate, which can lower levels of homocysteine (an amino acid that promotes heart disease). But who cares how they work! Eat more beans for life. You can find them hiding in many places, including hummus, burritos, split pea soup, chick pea curry, and — of course — baked beans.
May you be filled with goodness, peace, and joy.
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