Legumes—including beans, lentils, peanuts, peas, chickpeas, fava beans, and soybeans—are good sources of fiber and have a low glycemic index. According to experts, a diet high in legumes may be beneficial for the prevention of type 2 diabetes.
One common complaint against legumes is the bloating and gas.
I have some tips to ease the transition to including more legumes in your diet:
- add them in slowly, one serving a day for a week.
- change the water halfway through cooking them.
- soak overnight with a pinch of baking soda and
- mix with other vegetables (escarole and beans)
If you cook dry beans at home, instead of eating canned beans, you’ll skip a great deal of unnecessary sodium as well as byproducts of the can lining.
These are some of my favorite dishes:
Start slow and add a variety of legumes to your healthful diet.