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THE POWER OF AMAZING LEGUMES

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According to a new research from Spain, higher consumption of legumes has the potential to lower the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes by 35 per cent.

Legumes are plants that bear their fruit in pods, which are casings with two halves, or hinges. Legumes are a very healthy food because it is low in fat and high in protein. Legumes are also very high in fiber and other nutrients. Legumes Are Made Up Of: beans, lentils, peas, peanuts

Legumes have quite a remarkable nutrition profile (2), and are a rich source of healthy fibers and protein.

One cup of cooked lentils provides (3):

  • 18 grams of protein.
  • 16 grams of fiber.
  • 40 grams of carbohydrate.
  • 37% of the RDA for iron.
  • 90% of the RDA for folate.
  • 18% of the RDA for magnesium.
  • 21% of the RDA for potassium.
  • Over 10% of the RDA for Vitamins B1, B3, B5 and B6, phosphorus, zinc, copper and manganese.

This is coming with a calorie ticket of 230, which makes legumes highly nutritious, calorie for calorie.

Legumes are a food group rich in B vitamins, and contain different beneficial minerals like calcium, potassium and magnesium. The findings showed that among the different subtypes of legume, participants who had a higher consumption of lentils – one serving per week – had a 33 per cent lower risk of developing the disease.

Legumes also contain sizeable amounts of fiber and are regarded as a low-glycemic index food, which means that blood glucose levels increase only slowly after consumption.

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Author: txnaturalpediatrics

By training, I am a American Board Certified Pediatrician. But in my younger years I grew up with natural alternatives. As a mom I have tried to incorporate both for my kids and it has worked wonders. And finally, as I am studying natural & alternative medicines, I realize the beauty and wisdom of living closer to earth. Hence in my practice I integrate both...for acute ailments I follow American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation but for simple and/or chronic conditions I prefer natural alternatives. In western training we were raised to think that "health is the absence of symptoms and problems". But eastern sensibilities has educated me that "Health is state that allows one to use the full capabilities of their body, mind and intellect. Therefore, healthy living is a balanced state of well being: physically, mentally, socially and spiritually." This implies that healing is not a "one-pill-fits-all", but a personalized experience.

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