Sunday, 29 January 2012

The power of healing foods

Health Benefits of Beans

We all know that beans are good for you, but many legumes, especially soy beans are proving to have amazing health benefits. When I researched the health benefits of beans, I was blown away by the incredible impact, that a diet rich in beans has, on any person.

Diets rich in beans are being used to:
  • lower cholesterol levels
  • improve diabetics' blood glucose control
  • reduce risk of many cancers
  • lower blood pressure
  • regulate functions of the colon
  • prevent and cure constipation
  • prevent piles and other bowel problems
Also, richly coloured dried beans offer a high degree of antioxidant protection. In fact, small red kidney beans rate even higher than blueberries.
A lesser-known benefit of beans, though, is their high levels of isoflavones, compounds that are similar in structure to oestrogen produced by your body (which is why they are also called phytoestrogens).
These isoflavones may ease the symptoms of menopause, prevent some form of cancer, reduce your risk of heart disease and improve your bone and prostate health, among other benefits.

If you appreciate the benefits of eating beans in your diet, then here is a delicious and nutritious Bean Salad Recipe, which I often use to compliment barbecued meats.
  • One 400g tin of "5 Bean Mix" drained and rinsed. Obviously you could use any number of your favourites like soy, chic, kidney( at least 3 types are more flavoursome)
  • Half a red capsicum chopped
  • 2 celery stalks chopped
  • 1 red onion finely chopped
  • Half a bunch of chopped herbs of your choosing.  I generally use basil and continental parsley but coriander is a yummy alternative.
  • Olive oil 
  • lemon juice or white wine vinegar 
  • salt and pepper
  • Combine all the above and mix in the dressing. SIMPLE!!
Healthy eating
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