Want to lower your risk of a fatal heart attack and lose a
few pounds? Eat more fiber.
Findings from the Nurses? Health Study show that women who
ate an average of 23 grams of fiber daily had a 47 percent
lower risk of major coronary events, including fatal heart
Fiber also reduces the risk of colon cancer and acts like a
sponge that binds up the fat we eat and pushes it through
One of the best high fiber foods is beans?nature?s true
super food. James Anderson, M.D., at the University of
Kentucky, regularly prescribes a cup of navy or pinto beans
to his patients each day.
I personally follow this prescription to the letter. My wife
cooks up a large batch in the crock-pot every couple of
weeks, scoops them in to small containers and sticks them in
Dr. Anderson has documented that this prescription will
cause cholesterol levels to sink by an average of 19%.
Moreover, legumes are marvelous regulators of insulin.
Diabetics, by following Dr. Anderson?s bean prescription,
cut their insulin needs by up to 38 percent.
Beans will also regulate the colon, prevent or cure
constipation, and they counteract cancer-causing compounds
in the intestine.
Beans are low on the glycemic index and provide a steady
even flow of blood sugar and keep hunger pangs at bay.
Eating beans and other legumes such as peas and lentils has
also been linked to longevity. By including a helping a few
times a week, you can add quality years to your life.
Eating beans causes gas in many people, but the more often
you eat legumes the less likely you will suffer discomfort.
Proper soaking rids beans of most of their gas-producing
There are several varieties of beans but my personal
favorites are navy (small white), black and pinto (used in
Remember this little ditty? Beans, beans, the musical
fruit. The more you eat, the more you toot. The more you
toot, the better you feel. So eat your beans with every
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