Why we love legumes!
What are legumes?
Legumes fall into the vegetable family and can be classified as edible fruits or seeds of plants. They are packed with protein, fibre and heaps of vitamins and minerals. You’ll find many legumes in our signature Bite Club bean mix, such as chickpeas, black beans, lentils and peas. Despite being low in calories they help you to feel fuller for longer, which prevents unwanted sneaky snacks! Keep reading to find out more about the amazing health benefits legumes help to offer.
What are the benefits of legumes?
High in Protein
Legumes are a fab source of plant-based protein, which is good news as protein is essential for muscle growth and cellular function. Following a diet consisting of protein-rich foods is a great way to lose weight because they help you to feel fuller for longer, as well as increasing your metabolism and the number of calories you burn after a meal. Their protein content makes legumes a must for everyone, especially vegetarians and vegans.
The dietary fibre content in legumes means that they are great for your digestive health and keep your bowels in tip-top condition! Legumes are rich in insoluble fibre help to move waste material through the gut and can prevent unwanted conditions such as constipation and haemorrhoids. They are high in resistant starch that helps to support the growth of friendly bacteria in the gut.
Protecting your heart is super important as it is one of the most important organs in the body. Legumes are a fab source of soluble fibre, which helps to lower blood cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of heart disease.
Source of important vitamins and minerals
Different varieties of legumes are a great way to nourish your body with a range of different vitamins and minerals. Most legumes are a fab source of folate, which is needed for the production of red blood cells as well as enabling our body to access energy in foods. They are also a source of iron, which is required for manufacturing haemoglobin, the protein in blood that carries oxygen around the body. Iron can also assist in boosting your energy levels.
Stabilising Blood Sugar Levels
The high fibre content found in legumes may help to regulate blood sugar levels. This is because fibre helps to slow the absorption of sugar into the bloodstream and maintain healthy blood sugar levels.
Legumes contain oestrogen-like phytochemicals called isoflavones, which may help reduce the risk of breast and prostate cancers. Many legumes have antioxidant properties that help to fight free radical damage, which can speed up the ageing process as well as weaken the immune system.