Beans and legumes and their health benefits: Beans and legumes are one of the primary sources of protein in the Indian diet. Various types of beans and legumes are available to us. Along with being tasty and rich in protein, these have a lot of other health benefits too.
Let’s take a look at the variety of beans and legumes and why we need to add these to our daily diet.
Beans and legumes and their health benefits:
- Chickpeas: Chickpeas or ‘chole’ as we call them is a very popular dish in our country. These are packed with nutrients. Chickpeas are a great source of protein. Also packed with other nutrients, chickpeas are very filling. Chickpeas are also high in fibre. These are great for your heart health, blood pressure, regulating cholesterol levels. Having chickpeas is also a great way of ensuring that you have enough protein.
- Kidney beans: The next in our list of beans and legumes and their health benefits is kidney beans. Kidney beans are also known as ‘rajma’. Rajma is also a popular dish in India that is loved by everyone. Kidney beans are rich in carbohydrates, protein, fibre, folic acid and calcium. Eating kidney beans helps lower cholesterol, boosts energy, helps in weight loss, is a good solution to constipation and also improves heart health. Also being rich in fibre, kidney beans ensure that your blood sugar levels do not rise quickly. So, kidney beans are great for diabetics too. Kidney beans are great energy providers too.
- Black eyed peas: The next in our list of beans and legumes and their health benefits is black eyed peas. Black eyed peas are a great source of protein too. These are also rich in fibre. Black eyed peas have a low glycaemic index and hence are great for diabetics. Being rich in potassium, black eyed peas help in keeping your blood pressure levels in check and are great for your heart health. Black eyed peas are also a good source of iron.
- Lentils: The next in our list of beans and legumes and their health benefits is lentils. We have so many varieties of lentils available with us. There are moong beans, urad dal, chana dal, masoor dal, toor dal etc. All of these come under the category of lentils. Lentils are one of the primary sources of protein in the India diet. All of these are highly nutritious. Along with protein they are rich in zinc, potassium, magnesium as well as B vitamins. They are also a good source of fibre and folic acid. Being rich in so many nutrients, lentils are super healthy. They are good for our heart health, help lower cholesterol, stabilize blood sugar and also provide us energy. These lentils are also good for the digestive system.
Beans and legumes and their health benefits are many. All of the above are great sources of many important nutrients and hence, should be a part of our daily diets. These are very economical and also very easily available.