Eat beans and peas to help maintain a healthy weight


2016-12-12 05:46

Researchers have found eating beans and peas increases fullness more than eating meat.

Being overweight and obese is associated with higher rates of chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. Therefore maintaining a healthy weight is essential to good health. What you eat of course has a dramatic effect on your weight.

Eating beans and peas increases your fullness more than eating meat

The Faculty of Science - University of Copenhagen reports that eating beans and peas increases your fullness more than eating meat. According to a study which was done by the Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports at the University of Copenhagen meals which are based on legumes such as beans and peas are significantly more satiating than meals which are based on pork and veal. The results of this study also suggest that sustainable eating may also assist with losing weight.

It is recommended in many modern dietary suggestions that high protein consumption assists with losing weight loss and prevention of the age associated loss of muscle mass. It has also been suggested to eat more protein which is based in vegetables from beans and peas and not as much protein from meats such as pork, beef and veal because after all the production of meat is a much greater burden on our climate than cultivation of vegetables.

Participants who ate a protein rich meal which was based on beans and peas consumed less calories in their next meal than if they had eaten a meal based on meat

There has not been much of an understanding of how beans and peas compare to meat for satiating hunger. In this recent study participants were satiated more when they ate protein rich meals which were based on beans and peas versus protein rich meals based on veal and pork. Furthermore, participants who ate a protein rich meal which was based on beans and peas consumed 12 percent less calories in their next meal than if they had eaten a meal based on meat.

Professor Anne Raben of the University of Copenhagen’s Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports says the protein rich meal which was composed of legumes contained within it significantly more fiber than the protein rich meal made up primarily of pork and veal. This probably explains the increased feelings of satiety which were seen.

A less protein rich meal which was based on beans and peas was observed to be as satiating and tasty as the protein rich meals based on veal and pork

The researchers also found it to be very interesting that a less protein rich meal which was based on beans and peas was observed to be as satiating and tasty as the protein rich meals based on veal and pork. Professor Raben says it seems that eating a fiber rich meal with less protein based on beans and peas can result in the same level of fullness as a large protein meal based on meat. It seems vegetable based meals can help long term with weight loss and serve as a sustainable eating habit. This is particularly true with beans and peas.

This study has been published in the journal Food & Nutrition Research. The researchers have concluded
meals which are based on vegetable protein sources such as beans and peas are more satiating than meals which are based on animal protein sources such as veal and pork. It is of great interest that vegetable based meals which are low in protein content have been found to be as satiating and tasty as an animal based meal which have a high protein content.