The word is out, beans are in! Legumes(beans, peas and lentils) are not only nutritious but delicious. Though beans have often been neglected in the Western diet, they have long since been an important part of traditional diets around the world. Many people in North America are discovering that beans are not only tasty, easy to prepare, economical but are good for you. Legumes are an important food source. They are an excellent source of protein, are low in fat, high in fiber, loaded with complex carbohydrates and have many essential micronutrients.
Beans are good for diabetics too because they contain complex carbohydrates and lots of fiber that helps keep blood sugar on an even keel. It is also a good way to add variety to gluten free diets.
New research suggests that muscle soreness after strenuous and prolonged exercise can be reduced by eating foods that contain antioxidants which includes fruit,vegetables and beans. Red kidney beans, pinto and black beas are included in the US Dept of Agriculture's list of the 20 best "muscle-saving" foods.
Beans are rich in protein and peas are full of vitamins and nutrients. The combination makes a healthy and delicious soup.