“May your food be your medicine and your medicine be yourfood”

Hippocrates

From a nutritional perspective, eating legumes makes sense. Legumes likelentils, split peas, chickpeas, and beans They are rich in folates and dietary fibers and are a good source of protein. Accompanied by cereals such as corn, rice, wheat, barley or oats, the protein in legumes contributes to normal growth, development and reconstitution of the body.

Legumes contain many beneficial nutrients that help reduce the risk of serious diseases such as cardiovascular disease, stroke, colon or rectal cancer, and in pregnancies affected by spina bifida and anencephaly. Legumes can also increase your quality of life, helping to prevent hemorrhoids and diverticulitis. The diabetic can improve eating legumes regularly. Control of blood sugar, a critical factor for diabetics, can be improved by consuming dietary fiber from legumes.

Lentils, split peas, and chickpeas are good sources of minerals like iron, magnesium, and zinc. Iron deficiency causes anemia, while zinc is one of the many nutrients needed to defend against infection. An excessive consumption of cereals and refined grains, accompanied by an insufficient intake of fresh fruit, vegetables, nuts and seeds leads to a diet low in magnesium. Scientists believe that this type of diet could cause a rise in blood pressure.

The presence of phytochemicals in legumes is another reason why we should consume them regularly. Plants use these phytochemicals to protect themselves from insects, disease, drought, and radiation. The body uses them to defend itself against disease. Lentils, for example, are high in tannin, a phytochemical that prevents the development of cancer. For this reason, they are a good complement to any diet.

Legumes have very low levels of fat and, like other plants, do not have cholesterol. The conclusion of hundreds of studies is that we should consume a variety of plant-based foods. Without a doubt, choosing legumes as part of your diet is a smart decision to enjoy good health.

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