Dr Russ Blog - Legumes - Really?
Legumes - Really?
Created on 1/21/2014
It's a term that's being used more frequently, yet very few people actually know what a legume is. So let's clear that up right away: legumes are plant seed foods that include peas, lentils, beans, soybeans and peanuts.
You may be eating some of these foods already - and that's good!
Legumes can be very healthy for you - eating them on a regular basis provides a ready source of fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals - together, studies suggest they may help protect against diabetes and heart disease.
To top it off, legumes are generally inexpensive and can be made into delicious meals - even simple meals that are tasty (think beans and rice).
So whether you're talking about legumes, or
- simply thinking about making a bean dish as a side, or
- snacking on edamame (steamed or boiled soybeans in their pods), or
- warming up with a rich bowl of lentil soup, keep legumes in mind and on your plate.
Even if the term is a little confusing.
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