Tips to Facilitate Digestion and Benefits of Legumes

Legumes are a very nutritious and economic food, which provide you with a large amount of healthy protein. They are plants that bear their fruit in pods, which are casings with two halves, or hinges. Legumes are a very healthy food because they are low in fat and high in protein. They are also very high in fibre and other nutrients. Here we tell you more about the numerous health benefits of legumes.

Despite the fact that legumes are often said to lead to weight gain or cause poor digestion, in this article we will explain all of their benefits, as well as who they are especially recommended for, and some tips to help you eat and digest them properly.

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Can anyone eat legumes?

People who have uric acid or a tendency to suffer from gout attacks should control their consumption of legumes or consult their doctor beforehand.

Beans can be difficult for some people to digest because they contain oligosaccharides (starches) for which our bodies have limited stores of digestive enzymes. We do have some of the enzyme, but it resides only in our stomach bacteria, and if we don’t eat beans regularly, we probably won’t have enough of it to digest them without discomfort!

The best way to get around this problem is to gradually add more beans to your diet, which will encourage the enzyme’s presence.

List of legumes

Here is a selection of legumes that you could include in your diet:

  • Alfalfa
  • Asparagus bean
  • Asparagus pea
  • Baby lima bean
  • Black bean
  • Black-eyed pea
  • Cannellini bean
  • Chickpeas
  • Chili bean
  • Cranberry bean
  • French green bean
  • Frijol bola roja
  • Frijole negro
  • Great northern bean
  • Green bean
  • Green and yellow peas
  • Kidney bean
  • Lentils
  • Mexican black bean
  • Mexican red bean
  • Molasses face bean
  • Mung bean
  • Mung pea
  • Mungo bean
  • Navy bean
  • Pea bean
  • Peanut
  • Peruvian bean
  • Pinto bean
  • Red bean
  • Red clover
  • Red eye bean
  • Red kidney bean
  • Rice bean
  • Runner bean
  • Scarlet runner bean
  • Small red bean
  • Snow pea
  • Southern pea
  • Sugar snap pea

Cooking with legumes

Here is a delicious recipe packed with nutritious legumes:

Green beans with a punch

Ingredients

1/4 cup chopped fresh dill

1/2 pound green beans, trimmed
1 cup white wine vinegar
1 cup water
2 teaspoons sugar
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons pickling spice
1 garlic clove, peeled

 Method

1. Combine dill and green beans in a medium bowl.

2. Combine vinegar and the remaining ingredients in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, and cook 1 minute or until sugar and salt dissolve. Pour over bean mixture. Let stand 2 hours. Drain or serve with a slotted spoon.