Don’t you just love it when you find out that one of your favorite foods is good for your health? It’s even better when that food turns out to have even more health benefits than you possibly could have imagined. I recently came across an article post by Care 2 and was pleasantly surprised to learn from it that kidney beans, a staple food item in many people’s diets, are packed with essential nutrients and minerals that the body needs in order to truly thrive and grow.
Whether you eat kidney beans on a regular basis or only on occasion, you can benefit greatly just from knowing what exactly these wonderful foods can do for your body. Here are some of the best reasons why you really should be preparing a meal with kidney beans at least once or twice a week if you can.
If you have ever heard of omega 3 fatty acids, you have heard about the many wonderful health benefits they provide for heart and brain health. Omega 3 fatty acids are commonly found in fish such as salmon or mackerel, and they work to help clear up the arteries and stabilize the heart rate in the body. Fortunately, the good news for those of us who do not eat fish for whatever reason, kidney beans are unexpectedly brimming with these super healthy fatty acids.
Kidney beans are also great sources of two of the most important nutrients that the body needs – protein and fiber. Protein keeps blood sugar levels stable throughout the day, and works to improve muscle strength. Fiber, meanwhile, regulates the digestive tract and can often work to prevent stomachaches or other issues in the gut.
Finally, kidney beans are very rich in other important minerals such as iron, manganese, and flavonoids. Iron is especially important for women who are menstruating, since the loss of blood contributes to a loss of iron and therefore energy. Manganese and flavonoids both improve heart health while also working together to fight off free radicals from damaging the cells in the skin. Try preparing kidney beans as a side dish for your favorite meals at least once a week; adding just one cup of these beans is enough to get these health benefits and more. Kidney beans with rice is a meal that is cheap and easy to make, and can provide you with plenty of important amino acids and nutrients.
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