Reasons You Should Eat More Beans

January 12, 2015 9:10 AM

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Reasons You Should Eat More Beans

Beans may get a bad rap for making people gassy, but that's no reason to cut them out of your diet. Experts recommend you consume up to 3 cups of the legumes a week—because they are so good for your health. And the more you eat, the less likely you are to have tummy trouble. "People who eat beans on a consistent basis experience less gas and bloating than people who consume them less often," says Cynthia Sass, MPH, RD, Health's contributing nutrition editor. You have so many varieties to choose from—black beans, navy beans, and kidney beans to name a few. Read on to find out why they're so good for your health, and delicious new ways to make them.

Fiber helps your body feel full, so you don't need to eat as much throughout the day. While current dietary guidelines recommend women get about 25 grams of fiber a day, many fall short. On average, women consume just 12.1 to 13.8 grams a day. Look to beans to help you reach your goal. Just a half c...

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