Beans is one of the most common foods in Nigeria. It is either eaten as plain beans with stew or it is prepared as porridge. Besides the fact that beans is a delicious meal, it is packed with valuable nutrients and natural substances that have good effect on your heart.
Beans contains natural fibre, polyphenols, anthocyanin, and other good substances which function in one way or the other to protect the heart from substances (endogenous/internal or exogenous/external) that can cause heart problems to emerge.
According to scientific data the natural fibre in beans helps to reduce the concentration or quantity of cholesterol in the body which as you might know is largely implicated in atherosclerosis, a heart disease. Cholesterol, specifically low density cholesterol known as "bad" cholesterol can build-up or accumulate in the wall of your blood vessels and cause blockage or alteration to the flow of blood through these vessels.
This effect can lead to extra constraints on the heart and can also lead to lack of proper flow of blood to the heart if the blockage happens in the coronary artery and this can lead to infarction or death of the heart cells. This is one reason why it is imperative for both avoid foods that can lead to an increase of cholesterol intake the body, as well as eat foods that can tackle or help to expel the bad cholesterol from your body and beans is one of those foods that can do that.
In addition, beans helps to reduce oxidative stress and inflammation that is also implicated in heart diseases. Also, Beans contains vitamins and minerals such as niacin, magnesium, zinc, and potassium which are considered to be heart-healthy.
As part of the good effect of beans on the heart it helps to reduce the quantity or concentration of homocysteine in the body which is strongly believed to be involved in heart attacks and strikes.
If you're among those set of people who think beans is not a good food, i hope you now see that it is not just a good food but also a healthy one. Finally research shows that people who eat beans are usually 47 percent less likely to develop heart diseases and the reasons have been explained above.
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