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Power Food #1 LEGUMES
August 29, 2011
Dr. Heather Boyd Roberts

Legumes are high in fiber, lower your cholesterol and triglycerides and contain resistant starch (RS). RS ferments in your intestinal tract promoting healthy flora and creating short chain fatty acids which fight inflammation, cancer, and bad "bugs." RS helps lower your insulin levels and one study found that by adding 5% RS to your meal, you increase post-meal fat burn from your belly and hips. All that packed into one little bean! Some examples of legumes would be lentils, red bean, pinto beans, black beans, and garbanzo beans.

Written by Dr. Heather Boyd Roberts of Natural Choice Healthcare Vancouver, Washington