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Plant-Strong Diets = Bean-Strong Meals

In Nutrition on April 1, 2013 at 2:47 am

Do you feel vulnerable when you eat beans? Plant-strong diets include plenty of beans but please don’t avoid them for fear of digestive consequences! It’s possible to prepare and consume beans in such a way that you can eliminate digestive protestation. Beans are nutrient-dense, low-calorie, high-fiber powerhouses providing protein, carbs, iron, folic acid, phosphorous, potassium, and magnesium to your diet. A diet staple since long before biblical times in India, China, Southeast Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and the Americas…millions of ancestors can’t be wrong!

Canned beans are a easy way to get beans into your diet and I definitely use them from time to time. But dried beans are a staple in my house. Dried beans are healthier (lower in salt) and more affordable than canned beans and they turn out delicious after simmering in a crock pot all day. Yes, it’s springtime, and I’m definitely incorporating more raw plant foods into my diet as they become available, but there’s still a cold, damp, wind off the ocean that makes me want to warm myself from the inside out with cooked foods.bean and avo

 If you struggle with digesting beans, eat lentils, adzuki, peas, and mung beans more often and pinto, kidney, garbanzo, and black beans less often. Soybeans are the most difficult to digest; however, soy products (tofu, tempeh) are a bit easier. Also, if your digestion is weak (i.e. gas, bloating), eat beans only with greens or other non-starchy veggies. If your digestion is heartier, feel free to combine with grains (rice, quinoa). Consider using a digestive enzyme like bromelain or papain which are extracted from pineapple or papaya, respectively, to aid in digestion. Lastly, digestion is hormonally-controlled so it will be influenced by moods, stress, and menstrual cycle. Make note and don’t have the same expectations of your body on a daily or weekly basis.
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