What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of beans? Most people associate beans with gas and uncomfortable stomachs, but that is not necessarily the case. Beans are such an important part of our diet that experts recommend we eat around 3 cups of legumes a week! When beans are consumed on a regular basis our bodies actually experience less gas and bloating than if we eat them less often. So, what’s so great about beans anyway?
For starters, beans are packed full of fiber. The recommended daily value of fiber for women is around 25 grams a day and for men it is around 30 which most men and women don’t even come close to reaching. Try adding a 1/2 cup of cooked navy beans into your normal diet, which provides a whopping 10 grams of fiber.
Beans are also great for your digestive system. They contain both soluble fiber (slows down digestion, making you feel fuller longer) and insoluble fiber (helps prevent constipation). They also aid in helping you stay at a healthy weight since they are loaded with protein and fiber. A 1/2 cup cooked black beans contains 8 grams of protein and are very low in fat.
Beans also help regulate blood sugar, help lower cholesterol, and are great for your heart. They are also cheap and can extend lots of your meat filled dishes. So if you have been wanting to add more beans to your diet, today is the day! Here is a great black bean soup recipe if you are looking for something low fat and hearty for these cold winter days.
As always, remember Dr. Evan Merrill for all your foot health needs. Not only does he specialize in the foot, but he knows the importance of eating a balanced and healthy diet. When you are eating right, your feet will benefit from it as well. You can check out our website here. And if you need to make an appointment call 541-776-3338 or fill out our online form.