Wellness – and staying fit and healthy is all the craze these days. If you want to join in, one way for you to do so is by welcoming members of the ‘legume family’ into your kitchen. Legumes are basically plants which have seed pods that split in two. Examples of the legumes that we eat include peas, beans, soybeans, peanuts and lentils.
This type of plant food is an excellent source of carbohydrates and protein. Legumes are also rich in fiber, which helps lower your blood cholesterol and prevent cardiovascular disease. Dry beans, lentils are peas are especially helpful in the prevention of diabetes, as well as some forms of cancer. Legumes also contain essential fatty acids, folate, magnesium, potassium and soy isoflavones.
As a final note, legumes are big winners in the taste department – who doesn’t love a bowl of Texas Ranch Beans, or a sip of some hot Black Bean Soup? So the next time that you try to go vegetarian, have your fill of these scrumptious legumes and take full advantage of its benefits to your health.