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Dustin Rudolph, PharmD

Dustin Rudolph, PharmD

Posted July 6, 2011

Published in Health

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Beans, Beans, The Musical Fruit

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Beans, beans, the musical fruit

The more you eat, the more you toot

The more you toot, the better you feel

So let's eat beans with every meal!

 

I'm sure that short, little tune takes you back to your playground days like it does me.  I remember growing up and having a few laughs over one of nature's most smelly culprits.  As goofy and childlike as the song may be it has a lot of truth beneath the verses within it.


Beans are part of the legume family which also include lentils, peas, soy, and peanuts.  While beans may be the butt of many flatulent jokes they have some incredible health benefits and should be included in one's diet if you're looking to lose weight and feel great.


Health Benefits of Beans


Beans have been referred to by some as the "poor man's meat" which may lead people to believe that they are an inferior food and have little nutritional value.  However, nothing could be further from the truth because beans are naturally low in fat, high in fiber, have no cholesterol, and contain an array of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that are essential to vibrant health [1].  They are also an excellent source of complex carbohydrates and protein which, as you know, are important factors in keeping your body functioning at optimum levels on a daily basis.


By including beans in your daily diet you can experience the following health benefits:

 

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