Bean Eaters Have Better Diets

People who eat more beans have better overall diets, according to research from Sweden. The study found that people who ate beans were more likely to meet the recommended intake of fiber. Fiber protects against chronic disease risk and is also associated with weight control.

In this study, bean eaters had slightly higher calorie intakes but were no heavier than non-bean eaters. People who included beans in meals also consumed more iron, magnesium, and folate, a B-vitamin that is especially important during pregnancy.  

Source: Steib CA, Johansson I, Hefni ME, Witthöft CM. Diet and nutrient status of legume consumers in Sweden: a descriptive cross-sectional study. Nutr J. 2020;19(1):27. Published 2020 Apr 3.