Beans help keep your fuller for longer, can support weight loss, and even give you more steady energy through out the day. But how? Because of they are loaded with fiber! Amazingly, this fiber is also what makes beans the ultimate food for your gut, as it acts as the fuel for the good bacteria in your microbiome.
More and more studies are showing a direct connection between the gut microbiome, immune system and our overall health. So, taking care of our tummies is proving to be more important than we thought. Luckily, you don't have to buy crazy expensive supplements to help boost your gut health. Just make more room on your plate for . . . BEANS!
Beans Are a Prebiotic Food
Beans contain prebiotics, which is a type of fiber that feed good gut bacteria in the gut. Good bacteria in the gut can positively impact both digestive health and overall health by helping to support the immune system, reduce obesity and improve other chronic health conditions.
Beans Have High Soluble & Insoluble Fiber
Also related to gut health is fiber consumption. Two types of dietary fiber — soluble and insoluble — are found in beans, and both are important for a healthy digestive system.
Soluble fiber helps to slow the digestion, which keeps your fuller for longer. It has also been linked to lower risk for heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
Insoluble fiber supports healthy digestion by promoting movement of food through the digestive tract.
Boost Your Bean Intake With Creative Recipe Ideas
Incorporating more beans into meals and snacks will help ensure that your gut gets the adequate amount of prebiotics and fiber that it needs. In fact, the average person consumes just 15 grams of fiber each day! 1/2 cup of beans has up to 9 grams of fiber. This means that if you eat more beans, you can easily help bridge the fiber gap and improve your overall digestive health.
Below is a list of our favorite bean-filled recipes to make it easy to add beans into your diet every day!
Chef Soraya bowls make it easy to add more beans into your diet! These beans & rice-based meals are loaded with healthy plant-fiber and prebiotics! Each bowl features black beans, pinto beans, garbanzo beans, red beans or lentils.