Today’s health tip: Benefits of Legumes

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Legumes are a great source of fiber and folate, and they’re also low in calories.

They can help reduce blood sugar, decrease blood cholesterol and improve gut health.

Lentils are a great source of vegetarian protein and may reduce blood sugar levels compared to some other foods that are high in carbohydrates.

Peas are a great source of fiber and protein, which may help reduce blood sugar and insulin resistance. Pea fiber and protein support a healthy gut, as well.

Kidney beans contain high amounts of fiber and may help reduce the rise in blood sugar that happens after a meal.

Legumes are effective at reducing the rise in blood sugar after a meal compared to other high-carb foods, such as rice and bread.

Soybeans and the antioxidants they contain may help reduce the risk of certain cancers, decrease risk factors for heart disease and reduce menopausal bone density loss.

Pinto beans may help reduce blood cholesterol, blood sugar and maintain gut health. They can be eaten either whole or mashed.