Doctor's Note

For more on the health benefits of beans:
Increased Lifespan From Beans
Beans and the Second Meal Effect
Beans, Beans, They're Good For Your Heart
Diabetics Should Take Their Pulses
Preventing Prediabetes By Eating More
How Beans Help Our Bones

And check out the other videos on plant-based diet. If you're worried about the gassiness of beans, check out my blog post: Clearing the Air

For more context, check out my associated blog post: Do Eden Beans Have Too Much Iodine?

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  • Michael Greger M.D.

    Please feel free to post any ask-the-doctor type questions here in the comments section and I’d be happy to try to answer them. And check out the other videos on plant-based diet. If you’re worried about the gassiness of beans, check out my blogpost Clearing the Air. Also, there are 1,449 other subjects covered in the rest of my videos–please feel free to explore them as well!

  • myjolina

    What type of bean are they referring to – would something like hummus do the trick??

  • One bean not mentioned is one used by Indians, considered the most strengening bean — urad dal.

    • sf_jeff

      I just looked this up in wikipedia. It looks like dal refers to a way of prepairing pulses – peas, lentils, mung beans, and even kidney beans, when hulled and split can be called dal (although it looks like only a subset of these categories). I didn’t see whether there was an American name for the urad dal, though. I haven’t seen a black lentil or similar at my local health food store…

  • Deblm

    What kind of beans will help lower blood pressure?

  • Michael Greger M.D.

    Please also check out my associated blog post Do Eden Beans Have Too Much Iodine?

  • Guy Raveh

    Is there a risk in eating large quantities of legumes and grains due to phytic acid and lectin, as paleo diet fans calim?

    Thank you.

    • Toxins

      Cooking deactivates these anti-nutrients which include lectins, phytic acid, trypsin and α-amylase inhibitors. The paleo folks seem to always leave this information out. I don’t know anyone who consumes uncooked rice or beans.

  • sf_jeff

    I knew it had to be bean or flax…