Health Benefits Of Different Peas, Beans And Lentils

Peas, beans and lentils are part of our five a day, they offer great health benefits alongside being yummy and used in tons of recipes. They are highly versatile and go well in soups, casseroles and salads whilst allowing you to get protein, fibre and vitamins.

TRADICION – COOKED CHICKPEAS

 

TRADICION – COOKED CHICKPEAS

Chickpeas are a great source for high dietary fiber, especially a soluble fiber called raffinose. The good bacteria in your gut breaks this down so your colon can digest it slowly and studies have found that eating chickpeas often can help make bowel movements much easier and more regular. Not only do they help with your bowel movements, they can also help lower cholesterol, giving them multiple health benefits.

Eating chickpeas everyday can help with your digestion, and even help reduce your risk of several diseases. Alongside their health benefits they are a great substitute of meat in meals for vegan and vegetarian meals, allowing you to still get a rich source of protein.

Chickpeas can also help with blood sugar levels, as fiber slows how quickly your body absorbs carbs, which then promotes a steady rise in blood sugar levels, rather than a large spike. Also, eating protein-rich foods may help maintain healthy blood sugar levels in individuals with type 2 diabetes! The lentils have also been known to benefit those who suffer with health issues such as cancer, diabetes and heart diease or reduce the risk of developing the diseases.

CAVIAR LENTILS

CAVIAR LENTILS

Lentils alone offer a great source of protein and fiber, but the health benefits double when paired with caviar! Just a single serving of caviar can offer double the vitamin B12 that you need to consume in a day, which is essential for the development and function of your nervous system aswell as the production in red blood cells. Alongside B12 the food offers vitamin A, D and E.

Adiponectin is a molecule in caviar that improves your skin’s wound-healing and anti-inflammatory processes, it promotes collagen synthesis, which then prevents the breakdown of collagen fibers. The breakdown of collagen fibers can lead to skin-aging, meaning that caviar can help prevent skin-aging naturally!

The omega-3 fatty acids in caviar could promote brain and mental health, these acids are key elemts of brain cells that fight inflammation. Researchers have conducted studies that suggest reducing inflammation in the brain can reduce mental health decline which is often seen in Alzheimer’s disease. People with depression also have lower level of omega-3 and it can be used as an anti-depressant supplement.

Omega-3 benefits:

  • Improves mental health
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Improves cholesteral levels
  • Preventing platelet aggregation
  • Can improve male fertility
  • Supports your immune system
  • Helps reduce inflammation
COOKED PINTA BEANS

 

COOKED PINTA BEANS

Pinta beans are extremely nutritious and contain large amounts of fiber, vitamins, minerals and protein. The beans are rich in antidiocants to help reduce your risk of various life-changing and chronic diseases.

Pinta beans contain large amounds of vitamin B, alongside numerous other minerals, such as iron and magnesium, and also small amounts of other B vitamins, zinc, and calcium.

COOKED BUTTER BEANS

 

COOKED BUTTER BEANS

Suprisingly, butter beans are nutritional powerhouses! The butter bean is a cream-coloured pulse with a flat crescent shape. They are larger than most other beans, butter beans develop a creamy, buttery texture when cooked which gives them their name. The beans are packed full of vitamins, minerals, complex carbohydrates and protein!

Butter beans can help protect you against anemia, as they rich in iron and folate (which can also be known as B9).

TRADICION – COOKED RED KIDNEY BEANS

 

TRADICION – COOKED RED KIDNEY BEANS

Kidney beans are a great and popular plant-based source of protein. They’re also rich in various minerals, vitamins, fibers, antioxidants, and other unique plant compounds. It’s important to note if they aren’t cooked properly they can be toxic and cause a reaction, so make sure you know how to efficiently cook them before seeking their benefits.

DRIED LENTILS

 

DRIED LENTILS

Lentils are rich in fibre, folate and potassium making them a great choice for the heart and for managing blood pressure and cholesterol. They are also a source of energising iron and vitamin B1 which helps maintain a steady heartbeat. Not only do lentils lower cholesterol they also help protect you against diabetes and colon cancer.

All of these lentils can be found on our website, ready to make some yummy meals that offer wonderful benefits for our bodies, mind and heart!