Legumes are beans, peas, and believe it or not, peanuts. They are beneficial for our health and our skin. The beneficial properties of this food are endless. But let’s begin with the most notable nutrient, protein. Ever noticed that a lot of plant-based foods include beans? That’s because legumes are rich in protein and taste.
Random Fact: Legumes are also referred to as “the meat of the poor.”
That’s mainly because legumes contain similar nutrients to the ones found in animal products, like red meat, tuna, and chicken. The difference is that they’re not as high in saturated fats as is meat. Plus, meat takes longer to digest.
In an article published by Harvard Health Publishing, Doctor and professor of epidemiology and nutrition at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Dr. Meir Stampfer said, “It seems clear that replacing red meat with legumes can reduce the risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease and even certain forms of cancer.” This fact alone makes this superfood superior to animal products. Dr. Stampfer also pointed out that “eating more legumes not only helps get rid of some of the adverse effects of red meat, but it’s also a big win for the environment.” So, if you’re looking to feel good both physically and emotionally, legumes are a great choice for a healthy switch.
Legumes are also rich in fiber, iron, and folate. They’re abundant in potassium and they help maintain healthy levels of cholesterol. It’s also important to point out that black and dark beans are the easiest to digest followed by red and white beans. The darker the color, the smoother the digestion, and the richer the taste. According to the book written by Dr. Jorge D. Pamplona Roger, El Poder de Los Alimentos (The Power of Foods), 'legumes are a good source of niacin or vitamin B3 and pantothenic acid, aka vitamin B5.' These two vitamins alone are necessary for maintaining healthy skin. You may remember these two ingredients as they are in a lot of skincare products, and with reason! But don’t forget to also take care of your skin from the inside.
It’s no secret lentils, chickpeas, beans, peanuts, and all legumes are good for your health both internally and externally. I love beans for their rich flavor, health benefits, and versatility. I mean, you can make veggie burgers and baked goods with this superfood. If you’re looking for some delicious recipes or inspiration, check out our YouTube channel and keep coming back for more recipes.
NOTE: I am not a doctor or nutritionist or food specialist. I am a plant-based human who enjoys sharing some of the things I have learned and that have helped me be healthier, stronger, and happier.