Here, a look at the nutrition benefits and how to use the popular ingredient:
One common complaint about vegetarian or vegan diets (especially for weight loss or athletes), is it’s hard to get enough protein. However, one cup of beans contains 15 grams of protein and 1.2 grams of the muscle-building amino acid leucine. Many studies show that 2–2.5 grams of leucine is needed to trigger muscle-protein synthesis. Thus, vegetarians can aim to eat a cup of beans in combination with other whole grains, nuts and seeds and easily achieve adequate protein needed for post-workout recovery, weight loss and overall wellness.
RICH IN FIBER
Fiber is an important nutrient that has been shown to reduce bad cholesterol and contribute to satiety. Women and men need 25 and 38 grams per day, respectively, which is why beans can be a great high-fiber addition to a well-balanced diet.
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