Beans: benefits and properties

If you are visiting us from any country in both the center and the south of America (welcome!), Surely in many moments you will have enjoyed an excellent and wonderful legumewhich, in fact, has become a truly basic food in the diet of these countries.

We are talking to you, obviously, about the vegetables calls Beans, which -for example- tend to be very consumed in countries like Mexico, and in fact we can equally enjoy in our own country.

Whether you are a person that you usually consume weekly, or if it is a food that you like a lot, then we talk about the benefits of beans, as well as their properties more important.

What are beans?

The bean is a seed belonging to the genusPhaseolus, specifically to the familyFabaceae, which means that it belongs to the group of legumes. It is the name with which usually in Mexico the bean, bean, bean or kidney bean is known, where in fact it is original (also from Guatemala).

It is a wonderful seed that grows in the shape of a pod, and that occurs both in the form of cultivation and in wild areas.

Benefits of beans

Incredible nutritional wealth

The beans stand out for their high content and nutritional contribution. In fact, they have a very large amount of good quality proteins, in addition to vitamins, minerals and fiber.

On the other hand, have a low level of fat, being a very interesting food when it is included in slimming diets.

High fiber content

Beans, like most legumes, stand out for their high fiber content. This means that consuming beans regularly (once or twice a week), is an ideal option to provide our bodies with the amount of fiber they need.

In other aspects, for its contribution in fiber is an excellent natural option to reduce or prevent constipation, improving intestinal transit.

Helps lower cholesterol and triglycerides

For its content both in antioxidants and especially in fiber, consuming beans regularly helps reduce high cholesterol, and not only high cholesterol, but also the triglycerides.

Reduce the action of free radicals

The beans also contribute antioxidants. Different scientific studies have found that the antioxidants present in this food are comparable to those found in fruits such as Apple.

In this sense, did you know that consuming natural antioxidants regularly helps in a very positive way when it comes to decrease the negative action of free radicals? These are substances that influence the premature aging of cells, in addition to increasing the risk of chronic diseases.

Properties of beans, in summary

We can summarize below what are the main properties of beans, and on which we have dealt precisely throughout this note. They are the following:

  • Being one of the lowest fat legumes, they can be ideal consumed in slimming diets.
  • Also, by contributing less sugar, they can be consumed by a diabetic person.
  • They stand out for their high fiber content.
  • They are rich in potassium, so they are highly recommended for hypertensive people, who in turn suffer from fluid retention.
  • They are rich in calcium, so much so that a serving of beans is able to provide the same calcium as a ration of rice pudding.
  • High content in isoflavones Y anthocyanins. Therefore, thanks to being antioxidants, help reduce the risk when it comes to heart problems.
This article is published for informational purposes only. You can not and should not replace the consultation with a Nutritionist. We advise you to consult your trusted Nutritionist.

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