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Make Room for Legumes

Published in Digestive Care, Heart & Vascular, For the Health of It, Healthy Eating Tips Author: Clara Vancura,RD LD

High in fiber, high in protein and low in fat. Don’t just “plant a seed” to add legumes to your diet. Eat the seed.

Legumes, in general, are the edible seeds of the Leguminosae plant family. Members of this family include:

  • Beans
  • Peas
  • Lentils
  • Peanuts (because they don’t grow on trees — that’s why peanuts are considered legumes instead of nuts)

Legumes are affordable and plentiful form of protein. Both easily prepared and having a mild flavor, legumes work well in almost any dish. Because they are a great source of protein that doesn’t come from animals, they are favored among vegetarians and cardiac event survivors.

Studies have linked consumption of legumes to a lower risk of heart disease, lower cholesterol levels, lower blood pressure and assist with long-term weight loss. However, it should be noted that the fibers in legumes can lead to gas and bloating — so those with GI sensitivity may need to:

  • increase their consumption of legumes slowly
  • if using dry legumes, soak them overnight — then rinse them before cooking
  • or if using canned legumes — drain and rinse them before cooking (this helps remove sodium, too)
  • try Beano to help your body digest better digest legumes

For more help, talk to your health care provider or a registered dietitian. For those who have survived cardiac events, learn how our rehabilitation services are available to help with diet-related topics.

For ideas, view the list below for some healthy recipes containing legumes. Great for cold wintry days, to share at Thanksgiving dinner or just whenever.

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