Posted: 01 April 2009 at 12:41am | IP Logged
Nutrition in beans and legumes
There are different kinds of beans and legumes that provide the maximum sustenance and nutrition to our body, and they are:
• Vitamin B3 (Niacin). Abundant in lima beans, Niacin assists in the functions of our digestive system, nervous system, and our skin.
• Vitamin B1 (Thiamine). This vitamin plays an integral role in the production of energy in our bodies. It improves the overall function of the heart, muscles, and nervous system.
• Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin). This vitamin aids in the growth development of our body. Its main function is to improve red cell production, which distributes the oxygen to different parts of the body.
• Vitamin B6 (Pryidoxine). This vitamin plays a significant role in the creation of antibodies for our immune system. This nutrient can maintain the normal nerve function, as well as the formation of red blood cells in our bodies. Also B6 is an important factor for the chemical reaction of proteins. Lack of it causes nausea, dizziness, and mental and behavioral changes.
Aside from the vitamins listed above, beans are a better source of potassium than bananas, which aids in the normal functions of nerves and muscles.
Beans are perfect for people who are into weight loss. Recent discovery shows that the coating of beans contains anti-oxidant and anti-aging properties. This reduces the cholesterol in our bodies, improves digestion, and aids in cancer prevention.
Nutrition in fruits:
There are different ways to enjoy the taste of fruits without destroying its nutrition. Fruits can be eaten raw skin and all; while some need to be peeled especially if their skin is tough and bitter.
Fruits are now being turned into shakes and added to alcoholic drinks, quite popular in bars and pubs. Creativity with your choice fruits is your best bet in turning it into a delectable masterpiece.
Nutritional Value of Soy:
For starters, soy contains 8 essential amino acids that cannot be found in any other fruits, nuts, seeds, and vegetables. Also, soy foods are a rich source of plant fiber, B vitamins, Omega-3 fatty acids, and calcium.
Proteins found in soy lower the cholesterol in the human body. It also aids in normalizing heart functions, and prevent heart problems.
According to medical research soy foods can lower the risk of cancers found in the digestive tract (colon), prostate, and breasts. Soybeans, like milk, contain enough calcium to help treat osteoporosis and other bone-related problems.
Nutrition in Vegetables:
Here are some common vegetables and the nutrition they provide.
1. Cauliflower. It is served because of its high nutritional value not to mention the added flavor it gives to the recipe. For starters, cauliflower contains minerals such as potassium, phosphorus, calcium and sodium; as well as vitamins A, C and B6. It is known to fight cancer and regulate the hormones to a normal level and a health food for those who suffer from high sugar content or diabetes.
2. Squash. Squash is rich in Vitamin A; which is very good for your eyesight – though the summer variety contains more of it than its winter counterpart. Turning this into a soup would be quite delectable.
3. Carrots. The carrot is well known for containing Beta Carotene, another variation of Vitamin A known to fight and limit the growth of cancer cells in our bodies. This tasty food is quite delicious served raw with a tasty dip, boiled, juiced, or even grated in a veggie salad.
4. Green Pepper. It is rich in Vitamin C and is a great antioxidant that protects our cells from free by-products that can affect our body's metabolism.
5. Mushroom. Practically the only vegetable that can give you the much-needed Vitamin D. Mushroom helps our body absorb more calcium and magnesium for healthy teeth and stronger bones. Usually we get Vitamin D from sunlight, but if you don't want to get sunburned by staying outside too long, try eating mushrooms instead.
6. Spinach. Rich in Vitamin K, same as with other dark-leafy vegetables. Vitamin K plays an integral role in blood clotting, as well as regulating the blood calcium levels to keep your bones at peak condition.
7. Lima Beans. These are a good source of Vitamin B9 or commonly known as folic acid and is required by your body to produce red blood cells, as well as improving your nervous system. Best paired with vegetables like cauliflower or broccoli; best sauted.
Nutrition in Grains:
The nutritional value of grain has become the latest craze of many dieters and weight-loss enthusiasts worldwide. Whole grains, like brown rice, contain large amounts of fiber and since it is in unprocessed form, the main components such as bran, endosperm, and germ are all present in each grain.
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