Beans has always been a life saver.
Certain people eat beans when they are low on cash, others also eat it just for the pleasure.
However, whatever the reason is – beans has been a savior.
Now, it turns out that beans could literally make you live longer.
Coincidental? I don’t think so. A 2004 study of people 70 years or older in three different cultures around the world found that for every two tablespoons of beans a day individuals consumed, they reduced their risk of dying by 8%.
Other research has shown that beans not only provide the complex carbohydrates, proteins and trace minerals our bodies need, they also supply the fiber our microbiomes require, boosting our immune systems, Dan Buettner wrote in a contributor article for CNBC. That makes sense, because the residents were not achieving their extraordinary longevity by relying on superior genes alone, but also by avoiding obesity, diabetes, heart disease, dementia and cancers better than the rest of us.
On top of being good for you, beans is cheap to produce and grow practically everywhere, from equatorial zones to northern regions, so they don’t need to be transported vast distances to reach markets. They also don’t require refrigeration and can be stored for a long time.
Beans are even healthy for the land itself, because they restore crucial nitrogen to the soil. Accounting for the environmental impacts of what we eat has become more urgent as Earth’s climate crisis has worsened. The global food system now contributes more than a quarter of all greenhouse gas emissions, primarily from livestock production.
Shifting our diets to favor plants over meat could be so important. If people followed standard dietary guidelines, we could reduce greenhouse gas emissions from food production by as much as 70%, according to a team from the University of Oxford.
So, what’s the bottom line? Can we be good to both ourselves and the planet? Our research suggests we can. And the first step on that quest to achieve a long healthy life should be to embrace the simple magic of beans.
JJ Rawlings is known to have enjoyed beans in his young and military days, see him now.
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