Thursday, February 10, 2011

The magical fruit...

My newest obsession these days....beans! I love 'em! I love how I feel after eating them for lunch especially. They fill me up and keep me full and I have tons of energy. I've started making a big pot on Sundays and eating them about 4x a week for lunch. So freakin' good! (And good for you!)
Out of curiosity, I searched "health benefits of beans". I found this article toting 9 reasons why you should eat beans. One of the most interesting things I learned out of the article-

"The most popular theory of dieting and weight loss for decades has revolved around calories. Experts have loudly proclaimed that there is an immutable formula for calories in, calories out but, in fact, all calories are not the same because some calories require much more digestion than others. The harder your body has to work to digest those calories, the less of them will be absorbed. The difference between a spoonful of sugar and a spoonful of beans is startling. In fact, if you’d like to reduce your calorie “price” by 10%, add an extra 14 grams of fiber. This means that if you eat 2,000 calories per day, and add 28 grams of fiber to your meals, those calories will only “count” as 1600. Cool!

I'm so IN! Who wouldn't want to have their body working harder for them? No brainer for me!

So tell me, are you a fan of beans? Have I given you "food for thought"?


Leslie said...

Hi Tiffany - It's taken me way too long to thank you for your expert tutoring on how to do hearts and smiley faces. I'm so excited to be able to do them now, and i know some other commenters learned from you too.

I also see that your most recent weight is exactly what my lowest weight to date (on this current leg of my weight loss journey) before I had to have 2 knee surgeries for torn cartilage. You're really doing great.

Leslie said...

Ooops - sorry to double dip, but I also wanted to say I love beans and use them a lot. That's a pretty amazing statistic about the fiber content and all. I'm going to read the article as soon as I send this comment!

Sabrina said...

I did find that bean combo at Costco..........I plan to add it to my stew tonight;) When I cooked a pot of them, I combined it with some leftover meat and put it in a tortilla. It was good!

J said...

Hey, thanks for cheering me on!

I have been eating beans every day. About a half a cup. That's about 3 points. I have contemplated going up to a whole cup. I think it is helping. I'm not eating meat at lunch at all. Just veggies and sometimes soup and fruit.


Lalie said...

I love beans. I don't make them from scratch often enough and I use a lot of canned beans. A Black bean and salsa burrito in the morning is one of my favorite meals and keeps me full for hours.
I love garbanzo beans and kidney beans on salads too.


REBYRYAN said...

Great tip! Any recipes would be great!