Beans, Beans, They’re Good For Your Heart
Legumes (including green beans, Chickpeas and Lentils) represent an important component of the human diet in several areas of the world. There are various phytochemicals in beans which have many anti-diabetic and anti-obesity effects. They have protective effects on the cardiovascular system as well. Phytochemicals in beans like Alkaloids helps in managing type 2 diabetes, Phytic acid lowers blood glucose response, Saponins in soy have anti-obesity effects, Phytosterols protect against atherosclerosis and Isoflavones also provides protection against heart disease.
Plant-specific compounds can have a remarkable impact on the health care system and may provide therapeutic health benefits. Legumes such as Chickpeas have been used to treat high blood pressure and diabetes for thousands of years. Researches showed on people in the western world that swapped in chickpeas for some of the grains that they were eating, and in 5 months their cholesterol dropped about from 260 to 160. In a randomized crossover trial adding 2 serving a day of lentils, chickpeas, beans or split peas cut cholesterol levels so much.