New research shows that eating a 3/4 cup serving of beans or chickpeas daily may help with weight loss! A meta-analysis looked at 21 clinical trials (a total of 940 adults) and those who added a serving of beans in their diet lost about an average of 0.75 pounds in 6 weeks, without making an effort to reduce any other foods in the diet. The lead author of the study, Dr. Russell de Souza, noted "Though the weight loss was small, our findings suggest that simply including pulses in your diet may help you lose weight, and we think more importantly, prevent you from gaining it back after you lose it." Previous research has shown that eating beans can increase the feeling of satiety (fullness) by 31 percent, likely due to their low glycemic index and high fiber content. Also, beans are cheap and can be used to replace higher fat, higher calorie sources of animal protein. Check out a summary of the research HERE.
And....Try beans in my Power Salad, Quinoa White Bean and Kale Saute with Bacon, Spicy Black Bean and Sausage Skillet and Indian Chili Recipes