What’s In The Beans?
Hispanics eat more beans than any other ethnic group, in fact they consume up to 4 or 5 times more beans than Caucasians. Instead of consuming a few pounds a year, they consume a few pounds a month.
According to “A Review of the Hispanic Paradox: Time to Spill The Beans?” report, legumes, including lentils and beans are very rich in fiber and they reduce systemic inflammation significantly. When you eat beans, the good bacteria in your gut takes the fiber and resistance starch and form small chain fatty acids that absorb back into your system and decrease systemic inflammation, which prevent certain cancers in the body.
In the following video, Dr. Greger explains more about how the bean diet is helping Hispanics live longer.