Beans for health

Sacks of beans Beans on sale in a shop in Italy

10 good things to know about beans

  1. More protein than any other vegetable ingredient.
  2. High in soluble fibre, which helps the body to lower cholesterol.
  3. High in insoluble fibre, this fibre improves digestive health.
  4. Low Gi index. As a complex carbohydrate it takes longer to digest and so you feel fuller for longer.
  5. Low in fat. Beans have the lowest fat content of any protein food.
  6. Good source of iron.
  7. Source of B vitamins and minerals.
  8. 80g portion of cooked beans counts as one portion of your fruit & veg.
  9. A source of natural phytoestrogens. Isoflavonoids are used for the relief of menopausal symptoms.
  10. Protein from cereals such as wheat or rice compliments the proteins in pulses.