By Larraine Roulston:
When we enjoy more plant-based foods on our dinner plates, not only will we become healthier, but also our action will have a positive impact on the planet.For centuries, beans have been an important part of our diet.
Beans and other legumes, such as chick peas and lentils, are associated with living a longer life. Regarding this magical food, in 2017 Michelle McMacken, M.D. wrote in , that beans are “the most important dietary predictor of longevity in people of different ethnicities.”
notes that “Beans’ unique composition of fiber, as well as important micronutrients and antioxidants, makes them an important food choice for many reasons, including their possible anticancer properties for certain types of cancer, including colorectal, breast, and prostate.”
Since beans contain vitamins, minerals and fiber, the American Diabetes Foundation refers to them as a “.” Their consumption helps Type 2 diabetes. As well, a diet of beans for those already with this condition.
Besides being versatile and easy on the budget, they are quite and can be incorporated into many different recipes. Sprouted beans can be added to smoothies and salads. Beans have a long shelf life, which results in minimal waste. four different ways to cook dried beans from scratch. Stocking your pantry with a few BPA-free cans of beans is an option for an easy meal.
Legumes contain between 21- 25% protein by weight. As they also are rich in iron, fiber, and are an effective antioxidant, the U.S. government’s guidelines consider beans to be an excellent alternative to meat. If, however, you are not accustomed to eating legumes, it is advisable to start slowly to allow your body to adjust gradually.
Researchers from four American universities that continually choosing to eat beef results in more greenhouse gases (GHG) being released into the atmosphere, whereas the production of beans results in only one-fortieth the amount. Loma Linda University researcher Helen Harwatt, PhD headed the team and suggested that changing eating habits would have a substantially positive impact. By 2020, the U.S. would, in fact, decrease targeted greenhouse gas emissions by 50 – 75%. Her 10-page report entitled “Substituting beans for beef as a contribution towards U.S. climate change targets” is found online. Harwatt stated, “Given the novelty, we would expect that the study will be useful in demonstrating just how much of an impact changes in food production can make and increase the utility of such options in climate-change policy.”
Until the current U.S. administration recognizes climate change and puts combative policies into action, everyday citizens can make a simple dietary change that will offer health benefits and at the same time help save our planet.