Beans or legumes are rich source of nutrients our body needs such as proteins, vitamins, and minerals, carbohydrate, and dietary fiber.
Beans are good sources of protein, particularly when taken in with grains which complement each other in terms of essential amino acid pattern or composition. Amino acids are protein components which the body cannot produce on its own. The body must have all the amino acids it needs to function in building and replacing worn body tissues.
Legumes are also good sources of vitamins and minerals such as niacin, Vitamin B6, folic acid, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium and zinc. These vitamins and minerals help boost energy and growth of children.
Beans are rich in dietary fiber and generally have low glycemic index which are essential in the control and management of diabetes. Dietary fiber slows down the rise of blood sugar after eating, and thus, prevent hyperglycemia or the sudden abrupt increase in blood sugar among diabetic persons.
Soluble fiber is abundantly found in beans. This type of fiber is associated with the lowering of blood cholesterol to prevent heart disease. It also controls the passage of food in the gastrointestinal tract, thus, maximizing the absorption of nutrient.#