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Recipe for health: cheap, nutritious beans

November 30, 2012
  • By Patrick J. Skerrett, Former Executive Editor, Harvard Health

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Patrick J. Skerrett, Former Executive Editor, Harvard Health

Pat Skerrett is the editor of STAT's First Opinion and host of the First Opinion podcast. He is the former editor of the Harvard Health blog and former Executive Editor of Harvard Health Publishing. Before that, he was editor of … See Full Bio
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Navy news
January 24, 2013

Thanks for giving us such kind of valuable information about health. Legumes are often called “the poor people’s meat,” however, they might be better known as the “healthy people’s meat.” Many legumes, especially soybeans, are demonstrating impressive health benefits. Thanks….

Dentist Los Angeles
January 17, 2013

I really like this.Anyone wanting to get healthy or stay that way.

adam levin
January 8, 2013

Yes non-alcoholic red wine can cure high blood pressure really? I have never heard such things?

المسالك البولية وسلس البول
December 24, 2012

This article is really good…….Thanx 🙂

December 20, 2012

I would really appreciate a deeper insight on how beans help people with diabetes if you elaborate more on their glycemic index .is there a certain kind of bean that provides more health benefits. thank you


colon cancer
December 16, 2012

Thank you for this very nice article. Add to my knowledge of the benefits of nuts for health and how to reduce gas in the body due to the consumption of nuts.

Althea Huber
December 13, 2012

Thank you, for the innteresting article, but it is of little use to me. I do not tolerate carbs well. + I have diabetes II.(I MISS lima beans, and all the others.)

I wish you would write more about the other “type of digestive system.” One type eats fiber to insure a bowel movement; but, I–and many others–eat wheat bran, et al., and are assured of constipation. When I eat fruits and vegetables, cooked or uncooked–I usually can expect normal bowel movements. I am concerned for others–not me.

Christmas 1958, I was chatting with a family friend, who always spent the night on Christmas Eve.(our kids & Santa)

I forgot she was a dietition at Occidental College, and past president of the Los Angeles County Dietians’ Asoc.

I said, “I think I’m pregnant, but I don’t want to go to Dr. Clark, yet, because he always prescribes fiber. (Mrs. Clark Gable’s OB!) I’m embarrassed to tell him it makes me constipated!’Everybody’knows fiber does the opposite!”

She filled me in with above info. 1958-2012–& All is well!

Please. I’ve never heard any doctor/et al. mention this!!

Virginia Sparrow
December 13, 2012

Thank’s for posting this interesting article. Lot of information I have learned from the use of beans and from the gas tax. Continue posting like this awesome article.

Ricy Mardona
December 10, 2012

Thank you for a great weblog submit. I really enjoyed reading it. This website has got some really useful info on it! I was looking for this. It was excellent and very informative. PLEASE keep it up!

December 6, 2012

Interesting article, especially the gas reduction section. Those are interesting ideas I will have to try. Beans are an excellent complex carbohydrates and protein choice for those watching their simple sugar intake.

dogshop dog shop
December 5, 2012

This is great! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

Roxanne McGahey
December 3, 2012

What an interesting article J.P. like many people I read countless articles about legumes. I really like the idea of Gallopinto for breakfast, since our traditional North American breakfast is questionable at best for its nutritional value. As a piano and Music Theory Online teacher I am always looking for inexpensive and healthy alternatives. In our house we have cut down to one serving a week of red meat, however we need to find more alternatives, and your article has given me the push needed to investigate further the wild world of beans.

Thanks again for a great post. I hope you don’t mind if I pass this on to some friends and colleagues.

Ilmu Kimia
December 2, 2012

Beans are full of proteins. Our body need it so much.
Protein can also support our body to grow well.

Ilmu Kimia

December 2, 2012

I’ve heard that red kidney beans are a good source of calcium for people with lactose intolerance (and anyone for that matter). Is this true?

And since lactose intolerance often goes hand in hand with IBS (at least in my case), should I even consider beans in my case? I have enough problems with gas issues and other digestive disorders, that beans seem like a risky idea.

And finally, if soy beans are a part of this healthy equation, will I also get the health benefits from drinking soy milk (which I do because of the lactose intolerance), or is that too processed to still be considered a bean?


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