You remember the old playground rhyme, right?
Beans, beans, they’re good for your heart… And, well, you know the rest.
But let’s cut it off right there. Because there’s MORE to beans than a silly little poem that can make kids and adults alike snicker.
In fact, this one will bring a smile to your face for a whole different reason. Because there’s new science just out that proves the HEART part of that poem is right on target.
Better still, I’ve also got a way to get all of those incredible “good for your heart” benefits without those infamous “toots.”
Bean benefits without embarrassing side effects
Eating beans regularly can slash the risk of significant heart problems by a healthy 10 percent, according to the new study.
Specifically, a bean habit can help block three BIG killers…
- cardiovascular disease
- coronary heart disease
- high blood pressure
The benefits are likely due to the high fiber levels in the beans. You see, a high-fiber diet has repeatedly been shown to help cut the risk of major heart problems.
So they’re good for the heart. Now, about the other part of that old rhyme. You know, the musical fruit…
2 ways to give the TOOT the BOOT
Well, it’s true beans CAN make you “toot.” And while we laugh at the poem, it can be terribly embarrassing when it happens for real.
But there’s a way to eat beans and avoid the flatulence. And it’s pretty simple, really.
The reason for that little side effect is the very same reason for the heart-healthy benefits. When you suddenly increase fiber, your body produces more gas.
But it’s not a “forever” effect. Your body quickly figures out how to process the beans without the flatulence.
Studies show that after a couple of weeks of eating beans regularly, the tooting stops.
And for those couple of weeks, you can minimize the music in two ways…
- Start out with black-eyed peas: In one study, people given black-eyed peas had much lower levels of flatulence than folks who ate other beans. And after three to four weeks, all of the bean-eaters in that study were back to normal gas levels.
- Soak them overnight: In another study, beans soaked in plain water for 12 hours led to the lowest levels of gas. So give your beans a bath before eating them. Oh, and adding baking soda to the water, as some people do, didn’t make a difference. Plus, keep in mind cooking them in water with baking soda can deplete them of key nutrients too.
And don’t forget to enjoy other healthy forms of fiber too, especially from fruit such as apples, pears, and berries as well as veggies like artichokes and squash.
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