52 weeks of good health....

every week I will share with you a tip to improve your eating habits or lifestyle to help you reach maximum energy levels and increase overall physical and emotional health.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Beans, beans are good for your heart....

It seems to me that people are getting more interested in eating vegetarian, at least one night a week. So, here's another good reason to forgo meat and replace it with another protein source - beans...they can actually help you lose weight!

New research from a study in Medical News Today has proven that on average, people who eat beans weigh less than people who don't eat beans, on a regular basis. On top of that, those bean eaters are eating approximately 200 calories more than non-bean eaters!

So, why is this? Well, it could be for a couple of reasons; it could just be because people who try to eat vegetarian occasionally (meaning - eat more beans) are more health conscious, therefore are healthier all around (eat better, exercise more), or it could have to do with the high fibre content of the beans. Fibre is known to keep you full longer, thus leaving you more satisfied and less likely to over eat.

Beans of course have other benefits; studies have shown that eating beans on a regular basis can reduce the risk of developing diabetes, heart disease, cancer, as well as, obesity. They are a source of ready energy that your body can use quickly and effectively, and they boost energy levels.

So, it can't hurt to add a bean dish to your dining repertoire; your waistline just may thank you for it!

In good health,

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