Choosing to eat beans instead of beef would free up 42% of U.S. cropland.
One of the keys to short-term reduction of harmful greenhouse gases may be found on your dinner plate. One simple change in American eating habits would have a large impact: eat beans instead of beef. This would immediately help the U.S. achieve 50-75% of its GHG target for 2020, and it would be accomplished without any new standards on automobiles!
PositiveTip: Eating beans instead of meat is not only good for the environment--it is also good for your health.
Learn why beans cause untoward effects!
Most people the world over love to eat beans, but many forgo the goodness because of a common side effect: flatulence. The humble bean has inspired many a schoolyard ditty, stifled giggles or outright horror at the stink they produce. This is because of the oligosaccharides they contain. Enjoy this short video animation and learn why we "toot" when we eat beans.
PositiveTip: Don't skip the beans. Just eat them in smaller servings. They are a very wholesome, nutritious food.
Eating 1 cup of beans daily significantly improves glycemic control in diabetics.
In a randomized controlled 3 month feeding trial of diabetics, Canadian researchers found that eating at least one cup of legumes (beans) a day resulted in a greater reduction in HbA1c (P<0.001) (a measure of how well glucose levels have been controlled) than those eating equivalent amounts of wheat. The bean diet also lowered cholesterol and triglyceride levels, significantly reducing heart risk. Research is ongoing.
PositiveTip: Make legumes part of your daily diet!
Diet is an important part of healthful living. There are foods that hurt your health and foods that improve your health. What you choose to eat is just as important as what you chose NOT to eat. This is particularly true for foods that help control your cholesterol levels.
Saturated fats in the diet are harmful to your health as they raise bad cholesterol (LDL-C) levels. Saturated fats are found in red meat, butter and other dairy products such as cheese, sour cream, whole milk, 2% milk, yogurt, and ice cream.
A study on the effects of diet on cholesterol was study recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. In this study, a group of 350 Canadians were randomly divided into three groups and prescribed special diets.
Choosing a diet that includes dry beans could lower risk of heart attacks.
The consumption of dry mature beans was found to lower the risk of a first nonfatal heart attack by 38% in a Costa Rican study. Participants who consumed less than one 1/3 cup cup serving of cooked beans per day did not realize any reduction in risk, and consuming more than one serving per day was not associated with any further reduction of risk, even after confounding factors were considered.
PositiveTip: Simple things like eating one serving of beans per day have the potential to yield big benefits.
Did you know that eating more cooked dry beans can lower your risk of colon cancer?
The Polyp Prevention Trial (PPT) compared people eating the most cooked dry beans (legumes) to people eating the least. Those eating the most beans showed 65% lower recurrence of colon adenomas (tumors).
Each person in the PPT had to have had at least one adenomatous polyp removed during a colonoscopy to be eligible for the study. The average follow-up time was three years. Those in the highest consumption group ate 3.7 times more beans than those in the lowest group.
PositiveTip: Try to include at least 3-4 servings of cooked dry legumes in your weekly diet. Discover new ways to include more of these protective foods in your diet.