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Beans: The Healthy Art of Legumes

on August 10, 2022

“Beans, beans, the musical art,
The more you eat, the more you fart.”

We’ve all laughed at that childhood rhyme, not understanding just how healthy beans are for our bodies (farting included.)

If you regularly eat aduki beans, black beans, black-eyed peas, garbanzo beans, great northerns, kidney beans, lentils, lima beans, mung beans, navy beans, peanuts, green peas, pinto beans, and soybeans, you’re engaging in a good nutritional practice that provides your body with both protein and starch.

Beans (and peas) are surprisingly low in calories and fat.  They are an excellent source of complex carbohydrates and fiber.  (Good for the ol’ cholesterol levels!)  Cost-wise, beans and peas are relatively inexpensive.  They have often been called “the poor person’s meat,” but you can’t put a price on good nutrition and good health.

If you are looking for complete proteins, soybeans and peanuts come the closest.

The downside of eating legumes is the gas they produce.  Combining beans with a grain such as rice can reduce this problem.

Many beans can be sprouted, which increases the protein content by 15-30 per cent.  Most beans contain adequate amounts of iron, B vitamins, calcium, potassium, and phosphorus.

So, if you like chili with beans, get cooking!  Or serve up a mess of tofu and greens.  Baked beans sound delicious right about now.  How about a chilled dilled green pea salad?

You get the idea.

Dawn Pisturino, RN
April 19, 2010; August 10, 2022

Copyright 2010-2022 Dawn Pisturino. All Rights Reserved.

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29 responses to “Beans: The Healthy Art of Legumes

  1. I love beans. Yeah they are good for your heart and can make very explosions between my legs. 🙂

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  2. Timothy Price says:

    I learned it “Beans beans are good for your heart. The more you eat the more your fart…”

    “Beans beans the magical fruit.
    The more you eat the more you toot.
    The more you toot the better you feel.
    So lets eat beans for every meal!”

    The things we remember from when we were kids.

    We eat a lot of pinto beans. Anasazi Pinto Beans from Adobe Mills in Colorado are excellent.

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  3. aparna12 says:

    Excellent, dear Dawn. Thanks for sharing a very interesting, important, and very useful article on consuming different varieties of beans and its benefits for our health. This is a must read for all. ♥️♥️♥️♥️.

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  4. Dawn – I put on a pot of beans once a week, something I learned while living in West Virginia. A big ham hock makes them good, with some garlic and other herbs and a whole haberno warms the heart, especially on a cold day. Thank you for sharing ❤️

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  5. elvira797mx says:

    Great share Dawn! Thank’s!
    Love beans! Have a nice time!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Neal Saye says:

    Terrific post about one of our fav foods!

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Nitin Lalit says:

    A nice tribute to beans and very informative too. I don’t mind the farts. As an Indian, I tend to consume them a lot!

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  8. WebbBlogs says:

    Haha I always heard it as beans beans the magical fruit, the more you eat the more you toot 😜

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  9. Jeff Flesch says:

    Big part of my diet, in all shapes and colors. Lovely post, Dawn.

    Liked by 1 person

  10. kvbclarke says:

    You’re full of beans–in a good way!

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  11. I totally sang along with the beans rhyme haha

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  12. My perfect read today towards better health. My doctor is starting me on BP Med. Been eating unhealthy. I will be checking the beans section today. Thanks. Very informative and helpful post.

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  13. balladeer says:

    From now on I’ll think of you as the Secretary of Bean Awareness!

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  14. Adelheid says:

    Oh, Dawn, I love garbanzos! 😍

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