𝗪𝐇𝐀𝐓 𝐀𝐑𝐄 𝐋𝐄𝐆𝐔𝐌𝐄𝐒? Legumes include all forms of beans and peas from the Fabaceae (or Leguminosae) botanical family (such as chickpeas, peas, lentils and kidney beans). Some people are put off from eating legumes, for their irritation to the gut and gas. However, if you soak, sprout or ferment before consuming you’ll be enjoying the many health benefits.
To name a few:
* Helps lower blood pressure.
* They’re high in fibre which reduces bad cholesterol (LDL), lowering the risk of cardiovascular disease
* Balancing blood sugar levels
* Reduces insulin demand on the pancreas which promotes fat storage
𝐏𝐑𝐄𝐏𝐀𝐑𝐀𝐓𝐈𝐎𝐍 𝐈𝐒 𝐊𝐄𝐘
As well as the awesome benefits, it’s worth noting that legues have a compound called phytic acid which can prevent absorption of certain minerals including iron, zinc, calcium and manganese.
They also contain lectins which can disrupt digestion and potentially damage the GI tract lining.
However, there is a solution. The best way to remove these anti-nutrients is to either soak, sprout or ferment the legumes. This can be time
consuming, but there are products available on the market that have this done already for you (they cost more but can save time for the everyday hectic life). Also some nut and seed goodness - Inspired by this heart shaped pic 📸@vanessacoombe
𝐀𝐋𝐌𝐎𝐍𝐃𝐒: Contain antioxidant flavonoids and vitamin e which together can help reduce inflammation and improve artery health. They help lower LDL cholesterol which can form plaques in your coronary arteries which can cause heart attacks. 𝐏𝐔𝐌𝐏𝐊𝐈𝐍 𝐒𝐄𝐄𝐃𝐒: Help keep our heart healthy with magnesium to regulate blood pressure, helping to prevent heart attacks and stroke. As well as high in antioxidants to get rid free radicals causing toxicity and inflammation. Fatty acids to maintain healthy blood vessels and lowering bad cholesterol in the blood. 𝐒𝐔𝐍𝐅𝐋𝐎𝗪𝐄𝐑 𝐒𝐄𝐄𝐃𝐒: Rich in antioxidant Vitamin E helping to protect against oxidative stress in the body which can cause inflammation and can potentially lead to stoke amongst other things!
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