I love legumes. Sometimes referred to as “dried beans”, legumes includes everything from green peas to chickpeas, lentils to kidney beans and soy, and even peanuts are technically a legume! The thing I like about them the most is how filling they are. Give me a big serve of kidney bean pasta sauce, and I’ll be satisfied for several hours.
The other great thing about legumes is that not only are they nutrition powerhouses, they’re also generally incredibly cheap.
A snapshot of some of the different kinds of legumes out there.
Clockwise: Chickpeas, red lentils and green lentils.
Here’s a snapshot of some of the nutritional benefits of legumes:
- Iron, zinc, and B-group vitamins (including folate)
- (Most of them are) Low GI. In other words, they give you long-lasting energy. This is important for people with diabetes, as it helps to stabilise your blood sugar levels. There’s also evidence to indicate…
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