Legumes such as beans, lentils, peas and soy foods are an important part of a healthy diet for all Australians. Legumes have been shown to help manage both cholesterol and blood glucose. Increased intakes are linked to reduced risk of heart disease, diabetes and some cancers. In addition, emerging evidence indicates legumes may help in weight management.
There are a range of nutritional characteristics associated with legumes that are considered to be protective against chronic diseases. These include:
Phytochemical content – non-nutritive bioactive compounds including antioxidants may play a role in the disease protection benefits of legumes. Legumes are also sources of phytosterols, isoflavones, saponins, and alkaloids, as well as some bioactive sugars, oligosaccharides and phytates.
GLNC recommends Australian’s enjoy legumes at least 2 – 3 times each week.
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