Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Beans beans beans, long long time ago, wealthy Europeans formerly referred beans as "poor man's meat" because back then wealthy Europeans think beans are inferior and hence unfit for food, at least for the wealthy upper class. But as times change beans began to have a reputation. In many areas of the world, rich or poor alike have made many varieties of beans an important staple in there everyday food and diet. Traditional Chinese cookery has widely used the soybean for centuries. Dhals (lentils), grams (another type of lentils), and soybean curd are indispensable for people of India. Both the wealthy and the peasants of Mexico and Central America eat at least one serving of red beans daily. This humble beans is moving up the health and social ladder because of new information's regarding its great nutritional value. Beans are cheap, compared to meat, and a big additional bonus is the fact that they contain no cholesterol. Also, legumes are rich in vitamins A and B. They contain important minerals, such as iron, potassium, and calcium. Sprouted legumes contain vitamin C, and can cure scurvy (a vitamin C deficiency). Beans are rich in fiber, which, as previously, pointed out, has been gaining new recognition in recent years. Fiber lowers blood cholesterol, therby protecting against heart attacks. It also prevents constipation and is important in the prevention of bowel cancer.
Some Asian people use beans in different way - as a dessert! We call it Tofu, tofu also widely used throughout the orient. It would be well if everyone became better acquainted with the legumes dishes of other countries and used these important foods more widely. They are excellent sources of protein, vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Their frequent use will pay rich health dividends in the prevention and treatment of many disorders. Have you Bean Healthy?