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Legume Facts - An Information Guide

Eating Legumes

This section is all about eating legumes. But what foods are considered legumes?  Well, beans, peas, and lentils are legumes and are also some of the most versatile, nutritious foods available.  You can eat them in a variety of ways, from raw to lightly cooked, or toasted.  If you want to know some of the best ways to eat legumes then have a read over my guides below.

Cooking with Legumes

There are so many different ways to cook with legumes! From a hot soup to an iced salad, from a hearty side dish to the main course, there are just as many ways to enjoy them as there are varieties. Legumes are a great source of protein, which is especially good for vegans, vegetarians, or those that just want to cut back on meat, and fish. They’re a high-carb food too but have no saturated fat.

So, let’s dig into how best to cook with leagumes and hopefully inspire you to add more of these to your dishes.

Nutritional Benefits of Legumes

Legumes are highly nutritious and contain a wide range of vitamins, minerals, proteins, carbohydrates, fiber, antioxidants, phytochemicals, and other bioactive compounds that promote good health. Legumes are high-fiber sources of carbohydrates, which gives legumes a lower glycemic index than other carb sources which helps regulate blood sugar. 

A typical half-cup serving of legumes contains approximately 115 calories, 1g fat, 20g carbs, 8 g protein, and around8-9g of fiber.

But let’s get into more specifics with some guides on how you should incorporate them into your diet, plus some of the side effects to look out for.

Information On Legumes

Ok, so in the sections above we’ve covered the nutritional values of various legumes, how best to cook or prepare them and so now we step into more legume-specific fact-based content.  What are classified as legumes and some interesting trivia?

Did you know that Legumes are the 3rd largest family of flowering plants? Or, did you know there is a national eat your beans day?  Yep, there is! National Eat Your Beans day is celebrated on the 3rd of July each year. 

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Chris Watson

I'm a food and wellbeing enthusiast researching and sharing foodstuffs and simple food-based concepts, such as fasting and clean eating. I hope it inspires you to make tiny changes to what you eat and when you eat while optimizing your healthspan and all-around well-being.