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Beans Help Banish Belly Fat

Beans Help Banish Belly Fat

New research in the European Journal of Nutrition shows that eating a diet high in legumes like lentils and chickpeas can help blast excess body fat. The humble beans are rich in protein and high in fiber, both of which help stabilize blood sugar levels.  Avoiding blood sugar rollercoaster spikes and drops ensures your body stops storing extra pounds, particularly around the waistline.

Research showed that the bean-based diet also helped reduce inflammation in the body.  (Watch for my blog 14 Foods that Fight Inflammation and Pain next week).

Lentils are also an excellent source of folate which helps to prevent birth defects, regulates blood pressure and reduce the risk of anemia.

In another recent study, participants reported greater dietary satisfaction and ate fewer processed foods when chickpeas (also known as garbanzo beans) were included in their diet.  Chickpeas are also a good source of folate and the minerals molybdenum and manganese.

Add lentils or chickpeas to soups, stews, salads, curries, pasta dishes, and to make veggie burgers.  Or use chickpea flour in baked goods.  Their blood sugar regulating effects will have the added bonus of keeping your energy balanced throughout the day.

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3:07AM PDT on Oct 23, 2013

Thank you :)

1:38AM PDT on Sep 25, 2013

Thank you for sharing, but can you explain me then, why Greeks are so fat? :)

10:35AM PDT on Sep 20, 2013

Thank you. I will try to include it in my diet more often.

11:50AM PDT on Sep 19, 2013


4:48AM PDT on Sep 18, 2013

Yum! Thank you!

11:02AM PDT on Sep 16, 2013

Thanks , sounds good !

8:15AM PDT on Sep 16, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

7:20AM PDT on Sep 16, 2013


5:10AM PDT on Sep 16, 2013

Don't miss out this simple but healthy choice

5:07AM PDT on Sep 16, 2013

reading, it meant to say! Ty

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@ Harry S - I can't believe anyone is really that stupid. You must be pulling our leg...

Thanks for the reminder.

thank you, interesting


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