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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134 comments

Elena T.
Elena Poensgen3 years ago

Thank you :)

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Dimitris Dallis
Past Member 4 years ago

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

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Moni Ka
Monika K4 years ago

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

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Marianne B.
Marianne B4 years ago

thanks

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Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W4 years ago

Yum! Thank you!

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Aletta Kraan
Aletta Kraan4 years ago

Thanks , sounds good !

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KAREN G.
Karen Gee4 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Winn Adams
Winn A4 years ago

Thanks

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Fi T.
Past Member 4 years ago

Don't miss out this simple but healthy choice

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Anna Undebeck
Anna Undebeck4 years ago

reading, it meant to say! Ty

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