List of beans and legumes and their healthy properties

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List of beans and legumes to get healthy.

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List of beans and legumes

It is now time to discover the list of beans and legumes available on the market. This great food family is essential to rejuvenate the body. It consists of plants producing seeds contained in a pod. Nature offers a large variety of choices in this food family. Some books suggest that there exist more than 600 genres and more than 13 000 species of legumes. Imagine the variety that could be available to us if these products were becoming a little more popular and put on the market!

Legumes have long been known to be the foods of the poor. But this is currently changing as more and more studies shows that populations who eat beans regularly have lower rates of diabetes, cancer, strokes and other deadly deceases. For example, legumes occupy an important place in the diet of regions such as Africa, Asia and Latin America. These are all regions where there are also far fewer cases of obesity than North America.

The distribution of macronutrients of legumes can be described as :
• Rich in proteins.
• Rich in dietary fibers and complex carbohydrates.
• Very low in fat.

Legumes are fascinating to study. Each plant offers something unique that makes it an exceptional rejuvenating food. Their main asset is to be able to replace meat, while offering us an impressive amount of antioxidants and alkaline minerals that can counter the acidification of the body. In addition, there exist legumes to please all tastes: peas, lentils, beans and lupins are just a few examples of what nature has to offer.

Legumes are complementary to whole cereals. Their amino acids perfectly complement each other and creates whole proteins equivalent to those of meat and animal products. That’s why lunch in rejuvenating nutrition takes the form “legume + whole grains”. This combination is a great way to get large amounts of whole proteins by combining two foods rich in antioxidants. Exactly what you need to rejuvenate the body efficiently.

Nowadays, when we talk about legumes, people often think of canned beans. To rejuvenate the body, you will have to learn how to cook your legumes in order to avoid toxins induced by the canning process. Always make sure to eat your legumes in one of the following forms:

Rejuvenating consumption methods:
• Boiled legumes cooked from dry grains or soaked grains.
• Sprouted legumes prepared at home from fresh grains.
• Legumes still in their pods raw or lightly cooked.

Now let’s see the main foods of this big family offered on the market and their rejuvenating value.

Healthy legumes ranking: #1 Green peas

Healthy legumes ranking: #2 Chick peas

Healthy legumes ranking: #3 French lentils

Healthy legumes ranking: #4 Green lentils

Since there are many varieties of beans and they seem to have similar rejuvenating properties, I consider that they are all tolerable to the extent that they are fresh and not contaminated with GMOs. I am of the opinion that under the conditions current market, the freshness of your legumes is more important than your actual choice of legumes. That being said, I will invites you to explore the following legumes: navy beans, pinto beans, roman beans, black beans, beans of Lima, red bean, Spanish bean, Roman bean, bean mung (for germination), adzuki beans, cowpeas, lupines, beans (swamp beans), etc.

We’ll talk more about soy in the next article.

In conclusion

Legumes are essential to good health and constitute a world to explore. I think you should favor all essential legumes, then experiment others gradually. The important thing here is to alternate each day the choice of your legumes so as not to overload your body with the same food.

As you may have noticed, legumes have very low RCOs given their high protein and dietary fiber content which is great to prevent diabetes and carbohydrate overload. These are, thanks to their richness in iron, zinc, calcium, magnesium, potassium and other essential minerals, the best foods to maintain the human body and trigger the rejuvenation of our body. It’s thanks to all these essential characteristics that legumes become the ideal substitute for meat.

Legumes are easy to find and inexpensive. In fact, they are the cheapest source of protein on the market. For a few dollars, you can buy a kilogram of dried legumes which contains around 200 to 300 grams of proteins, a quantity much higher than that of any meat for the same price.

To mitigate their bad reputation – they can indeed provoke gas – you should know that this is a sign that your digestive system cleans itself and even more in the body. Plus, over time, your gut will become accustomed to it; and if you respect the methods of preparation that I teach, you’ll be surprised to find out how legumes can be enjoyable to eat.

I would also add that legumes taste good and that they can be stored for a long time. So they constitute a food reserve easy to store for times of crisis or war. Roman soldiers did travel with their legumes with a small bag beans on the waist.


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