Eat Beans to Reduce Worldwide Gas

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…

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Video Humor: Why Beans Cause Flatulence

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…

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Legumes Help Diabetics Control Glucose

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,…

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Diet that Lowers Cholesterol as Good as Medication

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…

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Legumes in the Diet May Lower Cardiovascular Disease Risk

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…

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Beans : The More You Eat, the Less You Risk!

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…

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