Doctor's Note

I’ve previously covered intestinal gas in one of my more amusing blog posts, Beans and Gas: Clearing the Air.

The paleo folks often rail against legumes and grains, but how do they account for the fact that epidemiological studies clearly show legumes and whole grains are among the healthiest choices?

More on bean benefits (beanifits?) in videos such as:

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  • Roger

    I’ve noticed that whenever you talk about beans, you always mention CANS of beans. I’m pretty sure that in most of the countries you mention above, eating beans from a can is a little strange.

    I live in Brazil, where beans are a staple, and was talking to a house cleaner the other day who was really interested in the American diet. She nearly threw up when I told her that we rarely eat beans in the US, and when we do, they come from cans.

    I think most people focused on a plant-based diet will/should frown on eating from cans when there is a suitable alternative. Are there any studies on canned vs dried beans? In the video about the best way to cook vegetables, you showed a study stating that using a pressure cooker is not the best way to prepare vegetables, is this true with legumes also?

    Thanks for all of your hard work!

    • Toxins

      Its funny you mention that, stay tuned, because Dr. Greger will dig into canned vs dried beans in the next couple videos!

    • Daniel Wagle

      I always use dried beans, mainly because they seem to be a much better value for the money, than canned.

    • Darryl

      The usual objection to canned beans is the high sodium content. Mostly unmentioned is the fact that as canned beans are pressure cooked, they have a higher glycemic index than home slow-cooked beans. The resultant higher insulin surges can have negative effects on serum cholesterol, weight control (and weight control by diabetics on vegan diets), and perhaps cancer risk (1, 2).

      While even canned beans have rather low-glycemic indices compared to white bread or baked potatoes, it seems prudent to to lower glycemic indices where feasible. And beans from the slow cooker just have a nicer texture. I admit to pressure cooking beans weekly (I don’t wan’t to live forever while waiting hours for meals), but I’m also venturing into the slow-cooker realm for beans when I plan ahead.

      • Stewart

        Three year old post and I just found it. Thanks Darryl I found that very instructive.

    • me

      I generally have some beans with most meals…in salads and in soups. I usually use canned. I would cook dried beans but have an issue with the NEED to look for the stones that are always in with the beans….one broken tooth is going to pay for a boatload of beans.
      Damned cans are so convenient. Wish the food companies would pack them in glass and with low sodium though.
      Still trying to get my animal protein reduced….beans are a good sub…at least taste-wise.
      Looks like I’ll live forever….

    • Thea

      Roger: Thanks for the bit of international perspective. Very interesting.

      Personally, I think that eating canned beans is like the difference between eating conventional vs organic fruits and veggies. If it is the difference between whether or not you will eat the food, then by all means, choose the less desirable option. You still come out ahead in terms of health risks. In other words, if you are looking at eating canned beans vs none at all, good grief, eat the canned!

      For me, convenience is a huge factor. I love my pressure cooker and I think that pressure cooked beans taste far superior to canned. But I also appreciated the convenience of canned and there are plenty of times when convenience wins out. That’s just my personal take.

      Thanks for starting this conversation.

    • deeaja

      theres the lining-of-can with BPA issue

  • elsie blanche

    Are you concerned about the high temperatures and drastically longer cooking times required to cook canned beans while in the can? The cooking process of canned beans vs. stovetop seems to be night and day. And are you concerned about the BPA-alternatives?

    How about possible leaching of the steal from the cans and or the aluminum from the cans? I am assuming these cans are not as “strong” as actual pots and pans we cook beans with at home. Have there been any studies that have measured the amount of “non-bean” ingredients (metals from can/pan, chemicals, etc. of regular stovetop vs. canned?

    • Toxins

      Stay tuned, Dr. Greger covers canned vs. dried beans in then ext few videos.

    • Paul Fassa

      If you soak the beans overnight, the cooking time is greatly reduced. So is are the negative “anti-nutrients” of legumes. Besides, buying dried bulk beans is cheaper, and they can be stored with a long shelf life also.

  • Jo Ann Ivey

    Great video! I eat beans, often a whole can, every day. The Eden Organic No Added Salt Beans have low sodium, a BPA free can, and Kombu added which raises iodine intake. Dr. Gregor, I love your videos, follow your advice, and hope one of these days you’ll address the NMR lipid profile, specifically LDL-P.

    • Veganrunner
      • Humzee

        Why did you post this? It seems off topic. This article/video by Dr. Greger is about beans. Beans are not even mentioned in the study you posted… just wondering…

    • Humzee

      I was relying heavily on Eden canned beans until I researched the seaweed Kombu. Great source of natural MSG (in fact it is the original source from which MSG was first isolated). Since I was having lots of troubles with irregular heartbeats, I had to dig deeper into the food facts of the foods I was eating. Other aspects of canned beans raised more questions: Were the beans pre-soaked to reduce the phytate content? Does cooking the beans “in the can” increase the metal content of the beans? I have since stopped eating Eden beans and have been preparing my beans at home from bulk.

      I appreciate that the cans were BPA free, but the canned beans still were not as wholesome (IMHO) as beans cooked from beans that are pre-soaked. Convenient, yes. As good as home cooked, no. And the home cooked beans are much cheaper and you know exactly what you are eating and how they have been prepared. And it is much easier than I thought to prepare them.

      • Veganrunner

        Hi Humzee, I posted the study for Jo Ann. She was asking about LDL and I think it does a good job.

        • Humzee

          Yes I saw the significance of your post after I reread Jo Ann’s original post. I tried to delete my post but you saw it before I could delete. Thanks for the post.

      • Toxins

        There is really no issue with dried and cooked beans vs canned beans as long as the sodium is low. Dr. Greger will get into this in an upcoming video.

        • Humzee

          Thanks for your opinion. If you are referring to Dr. Greger’s video #17 on DVD Volume 15, I have already watched it, and in my opinion his presentation does not get a passing grade for several reasons which I don’t have time to go into right now as I have to leave. I will continue this entry when I get home later…

        • Humzee

          From Humzee (can’t seem to log in under my name):
          Thank you for the two links to the “safety” of MSG. I know folks have to put their faith in some source for reliable information, but the indiscriminate dependence on “scientific research” is dangerous given the long history of “science” being subverted by private/commericial interests.

          “It is obvious that the FDA has been captured by the chief MSG manufacturer, the Ajinomoto company, the food industries, and their public relations organization, The Glutamate Association. By producing a multitude of spurious studies purportedly showing that MSG is safe as a food additive they can say with impunity, ‘The weight of the scientific evidence demonstrates that MSG is safe for human consumption'”. – Russell Blaylock, M.D. (board-certified neurosurgeon), from “Excitotoxins, The Taste That Kills,” p. 56.

          In just one example Dr. Olney (who has done experiments showing the harmfulness of MSG) points out how a Dr. W. A. Reynolds published a report claiming that MSG fed to infant monkeys showed no toxic effects to the infant brains, contrary to the studies by Dr. Olney. Further investigation revealed that the researchers failed to report that the MSG was frequently vomited before it could be absorbed, that the monkeys were under anesthesia with a powerful glutamate receptor antagonist (phencyclidine), and that the areas of the brain shown in micrographs were areas of the hypothalamus known to be unaffected by glutamate.

          I find it objectionable and borderline “worthless” when studies are used in presentations such as Dr. Greger’s without a listing or reference so that conscientious seekers can check the validity of the research being quoted. I like the way Dr. Greger occasionally shows the actual research documents he is referring to so that some of the material he presents can be checked. In the MSG studies linked above, this is not the case. The studies are “blurred out” and it is not possible to check the sources of this information. I would recommend showing the entire document in a series of frames so that the studies could be evaluated by the reader. It would not add that much to the total time of the clips.

          I don’t have time to go into my objections to the bean video at this time. It takes a lot of time to document and list references for my statements…something perhaps Dr. Greger and NF Team members might do more of… I know it would increase their credibility in my eyes, and I suspect I am not the only one that feels this way.

          • Thea

            Humzee: Interesting info. about that research. Thanks for sharing.

            From your comment, I’m not sure if you noticed that there is a “sources cited” section under each video. You have to expand it, but all the studies referenced in the videos should be in that section – especially in the more recent videos.

            Hope that helps.

    • deeaja

      I think there are waxed boxes that some cooked beans come it – cant remember the brand off-hand. To avoid the BPA issue

  • Derrek

    Canned beans add salt and preservatives so I try to stay away from them. How many cups (0.5, 1) would you recommend daily? What is the maximal amount to extend your life?

    • Thea


      It’s true that most canned beans add salt, but not all of them. If you want to keep some cans around for bean emergencies, you can look for the salt-free versions. (Eden is one such brand. And their cans also include a good source of iodine in the liquid.)

      Just an FYI.

  • Brian

    Thank you! I worry about many of my friends who have bought into the paleo theory of eliminating grains and legumes.

    • Toxins

      There is not a single study showing beans are harmful. Many paleo people try to point to the phytic acid (which actually doubles as an antioxidant), trypsin inhibitors and other antinutrients as reasons to eliminate legumes. They fail to mention that cooking, soaking, or sprouting will eliminate these antinutrients altogether and this is fairly well established nutrition klnowledge. Seeing that most people consume cooked beans, I don’t see the issue.

      • Ellen

        Is there a minimum soaking and cooking time to ensure that antinutrients are eliminated?

        • Toxins

          Typically, dried beans cannot be consumed unless soaked and then cooked, or else they will still be hard. Cooking till soft suffices.

      • Kumquat

        You don’t need to soak out the phytates (and nutrients). There is not a single study that shows legum consumption in humans is associated with bone loss. OTOH, there ARE studies that show phytate consumption protects against osteoporosis and a host of chronic diseases.

        The belief that phytates are “anti-nutrients” started with animal studies and has been perpetuated ever since primarily on animal studies. I still see people citing the effects of phytates on cows and how beneficial it is to remove from their feed grains as a reason for humans to avoid phytates, lol. Not only are cows digestive systems entirely different from ours, but grains are not even a good food for cows. They’re supposed to eat grass!

    • Mekaylah

      I drank the paleo juice as a new type 1 diabetic looking for answers. i was ABSOLUTELY TERRIFIED to eat ANY carbs for the first two years I had been dx’d. Diagnosed for 30 and a big believer in nutrition, it made sense to me to not eat carbs for maintaining health. I couldn’t for the life of me figure out why it was so hard to keep doing my endurance biking, trail running, and mma. Then I met a great health coach that put it into perspective for me. I still need carbs, maybe not that many. My pancreas is broken, I drive stick shift and everyone else has automatic. I am enjoying fruit, beans, and some grains after avoiding them all for 2 years. I still haven’t reached for cake and cookies though. I also converted myself to a mostly plant based diet with yogurt at breakfast and wild caught salmon twice a week. I’m loving it and I am finally having stability in my BGs and losing weight!

      • Untoured

        Pardon my general ignorance, but a newly diagnosed type *1* diabetic? Do you have any references for how that occurs in general, or the cause of the diabetes in your particular case? I was under the impression that this doesn’t really occur at all, so it seems like I might have the potential to learn something new here.

        • Mekaylah

          it’s called LADA. you can google it. i don’t think anyone really knows what causes it. basically it is autoimmune like type 1, but it doesn’t usually affect people until they are 30 years or older. hope that helps.

          • Untoured

            Thanks. That’s a pretty scary metabolic shift. Hope things feel better for you now.

          • Mekaylah

            Thanks, every day is a learning experience. It has helped me decide to go back to school to pursue a degree in nutrition myself. It’s interesting what the body can decide to turn on and maybe off depending on what we eat. That being said, to know that I am a diabetic has answered so many questions about the way I felt after eating things in the past. I remembered thinking there was something special in the orange juice the teachers gave us as kids before tests. Turns out I probably felt weird because of my blood sugar. HA!

          • Stewart

            I know this is old Mekaylah. I developed T1 diabetes at age 21.
            Frankly I think that the LADA distinction is a bit overblown. They are both auto immune phenomena with the only distinction being the particular provocateur. I became extremely conscious of this when I developed psoriatic arthritis some 30+ years after developing diabetes. I developed diabetes in the Navy and might have been exposed to agent orange. Then again it might have been some other toxin. Industrial toxins are a primary cause and do accumulate in animals and especially fish. So I eliminated all. Still the other auto immune aspects such as arthritis were more likely caused by a host of pro inflammatory factors in animal products. They are too numerous to even mention.

            So bottom line, I have improved my diabetes control, and eliminated my arthritis by completely eliminating animal as a food source. And my total cholesterol is now under 150.

            You might want to study advanced glycation end products. These are associated with insulin resistance and a higher level of diabetic side effects. The endogenous ones we produce with chronic hyperglycemia. The exogenous ones we can reduce dramatically be eliminating all animal products. They are likely also the reason that diabetics should be treated as though they have already had one heart attack.

            By the way, I am looking to retire and go back to school to study nutrition so I can certainly empathize with that.

  • Brian

    “The paleo folks often rail against legumes and grains, but how do they account for the fact that epidemiological studies clearly show legumes and whole grains are among the healthiest choices?” Well, I will tell you. The Paleo people have talking points for these types of questions. The one I usually get is the usual extreme: that scientific research cannot be trusted because everyone tends to bias their research or is being funded (also often misinterpreted as “paid”) to bias results.

    • Mekaylah

      +1, it’s always their argument. never mind that all the people in the paleo-sphere have something to sell themselves. n=1 is a good concept that they also use a lot…..

  • Adrien

    To bean or not to bean :) Maybe, I’ll switch my strawberrie for a bean.

  • Dan

    That was a lovely video, thanks Dr Greger!

    For the type 1 diabetic worried about the effects of beans on blood sugar, kabuli black chick peas have far more fibre and far less starch than regular white chick peas. They are also incredibly delicious. You can buy them in any Indian, Pakistani, or South Asian grocery store, or in Middle Eastern stores. What I do is soak them overnight in about three inches of cold water, leaving them out on the counter, and then simmer them for 45 minutes after first bringing to a boil (leave the lid on all the way through). I have substituted kabuli black chick peas (also called Chana Black, or Desi) for many dishes requiring beans. From my reading online of a physician’s blog on type 1 diabetes, they lead to much fewer swings in blood sugar control. Also David Jenkins published a trial showing significant reductions in A1c burden with addition of legumes to the diet of type 2 diabetics. So rock on with your beans!

    • Mekaylah

      totally not afraid of beans! i have them daily! :)

      • Dan

        Very pleased for you. My brother has LADA and requires insulin as well as BP meds, but he is not a vegan. A very low calorie diet can completely reverse type 2 diabetes, but not LADA, unless the latter is complicated by obesity.

  • MagicalBeans

    While I love beans, I find that even after many years as a whole foods vegan, most of the varieties cause me a great deal of digestive issues and I find that yes, flatulence is a problem (no matter what method I use to prepare beans). I’ve now reduced my bean consumption and am feeling much healthier and my stomach issues are gone. I was eating 3-4 servings/day and having issues, but now eating 1 serving a day or 2-3 servings of tofu and find I have no issues. Is there any research about digestive effects relative to quantity ingested?

  • Pete Johnston

    Canned beans? Are you kidding me? I cook all types from dried organic, all it takes is time. I am not a great cook and have a limited amount of patience but beans are so easy! Forget fancy recipes, for Pinto Beans (my favorite), cook like rice, stirring progressively more frequently. I start with an onion sauteed in olive oil and then add 3 times water to beans. Takes three hours from boil. Easy to freeze and so yummy.

    • Toxins

      As you will see in an upcoming video, low sodium canned beans vs regularly prepared beans have very little differences in terms of nutrition.

  • Plantstrongdoc M.D.

    “Passing gas or passing on” I will consider flatulence a benign side effect for life extension…

  • li

    I just put some beans (unmashed) into a cake batter (rolled oats, mashed bannana, oatmilk, apple, vinegar etc) and was quite pleased with the result. Thinking to sneak them into other cookie, cake, pancake recipes.
    Wonderful videos- helps to keep me on the straight and narrow.

  • Linda

    I have learned to add “Fennell Seeds” when I cook dishes with beans. Fennell seeds help decrease the gas. I also make “Fennell Tea” to relieve discomfort from gas. In India they chew “Fennell Candy” after meals for this. I have heard that adding “Baking Soda” while cooking beans also decreases the gas. Linda.

  • Ignatius Turchi

    What about bean sprouts. I take a product which has garbanzo bean and adzuki bean sprouts. I have read that sprouts have a higher concentration of nutrients than the plant. This is certainly true when it comes to sulfuraphane in broccoli sprouts relative to broccoli.

  • Jim

    Dr. I have been diagnosed with Cardiomyopathy, A-Fib and A Flutter. What can I do…Please

    • P K

      I noticed that no one responded to your comment. I think there is a way to reach Dr. Greger. Also, try in their discussion group , and Dr. Esselstn’s website. Also, there is a cardiologist who has a healthy lifestyle clinic in Montifiore hospital in the Bronx. He is interviewed by Chef Aj: as well as another cardiologist from Texas who she interviews. Try to listen to the interviews she has with the cardiologists and maybe you can contact them.
      Of course, read Dr. Esselstyn’s book, Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease.
      Good luck!

  • faangface

    what i wonder is if there’s a difference between daily intake or a few times a week intake. keeping fresh beans going everyday seems pretty labor intensive for me. i’ve made cake from adzuki beans but figure this doesn’t count – then again i feared putting ground flax in baked goods didn’t count but Dr. Greger mentioned indeed it remained nutritionally sound. i’d be able to guess better if Dr. Greger said exactly what it was about legumes…

  • Aaron Hollander

    The flatulence issue is due to the increased fiber pushing through your system. Once your system is running at optimal levels it dissipates.

    • jazzfeed

      Yes. I would imagine it’s your gut flora “evolving” from the probiotics in the legume fiber. What I would do, If I rarely ate beans wanted to start, would be to take a probiotic daily for awhile when introducing beans. As the gut adjusts and builds new flora, taper off the supplemental probiotic to individual maintenance level.

    • Julot Julott

      No it is mainly due to a special carbohydrate present in beans which cant be digested~

  • lgking

    This is good news. Been a ‘beaner’ for many years. I make a 1 lb. pot of beans for the family every 3 days to go with our brown rice as the base for our dinners. The balance is topped with various raw ‘veg de jour’. Anything from a can, bottle, package, box, wrapper, or container…is processed food.

    And…No Oil…!

  • Leo S.

    Dr. Veith has an interesting discussion on types of gas at 1:10:20 in the following link. You might go back a few minutes for more discussion.

    • Leo S.
      • Untoured

        Or go here:
        That may show a little bit about the degree of Veith’s intellectual honesty when it comes to subjects that are emotionally charged by his religion.

        Veith is a creationist, and while he apparently has a doctorate in zoology from the University of Cape Town, he’s not specifically an expert in human nutrition. The creationism shows a willingness to distort science to support a dogmatic worldview, the lack of focused expert training suggests that he would be less likely to be speaking from genuine authority in the subject of human nutrition, and his Seventh-Day Adventism suggests that he has fairly powerful religious preconceptions about human health and nutrition that he will be motivated to cling to and serve.

        I don’t doubt that I could learn many things from him, and the video clip that was suggested is interesting, but because I’d have to check his facts and inferences extra carefully, and because the lectures don’t do a particularly good job of citing primary source material, the learning process would likely be much less efficient.

      • Flora

        That is a VERY good video… along with others by Walter Veith (I watched about 6 of his videos in the Life at Its Best series as well as one entitled “clean and unclean” by him).

  • Leo S.

    For gas go to 1:10:20 in the following link:
    301–Life at its Best

  • deborahconner

    And so what about phytate?

    • Toxins

      Phytate is not only an antioxidant, but it is eliminated with cooking, sprouting or soaking so this is a non issue.

      • Dan

        Not only that, but phytates do not affect nutrients in other foods that they are combined with. In other words, if there is any phytic acid or phytates in a food like beans, it is only bound to certain constituents in the bean itself, not to the other foods the beans are prepared with. I think people miss this major but subtle point.

        • Toxins

          Dan, I am interested in the evidence for that statement. I had no idea this was the case, can you please share the referenced study? Please know I ask not because I doubt it, but because I like to have proof before I accept an idea. The thought of this is very interesting.

          • Dan

            I cannot recall where I read it. I will go hunt for the reference.

          • Toxins

            Yes, please do. If you can give me a piece of the title I can try and search for it as well.

          • Dan

            I think it might be in Jack Norris’s book “Vegan for life”, but then it probably does not have a citation for it. I could look in the book in the section on phytates.

          • Did you ever locate this reference?

  • painterguy

    –I eat 15 bean mix just about every day, without much problem from gas. These are cooked beans and it only takes a couple of hours on low heat. I think canned beans are yucky–they taste like the can. –A little bowl of lentils though will put me on the moon and have my gut blowing non stop gas for three days.
    –I eat beans with kale. Then I can say that I eat “beans & greens.”

  • daniel2013

    I find this video very interesting, but I’m wonder, is this link between beans and lifespan *correlation* or *causation* ? Can you please comment on that ? This difference is a very common source of confusion.

    • Phillip Bennett

      Having a long life causes you to eat beans? Or does eating beans cause a long life? Or neither, they are correlated by fluke? (These are all rhetorical questions by the way). We can only rule out the first question.

  • omnimatty

    I hope peanuts count as one of those helpful legumes too.

  • Derrek

    What’s everyone’s opinion on protein powder? I’m trying to gain muscle but right now might just do whole foods instead.

    • Toxins

      You can eat whole plant foods and still gain muscle mass. Its about the stress of the exercise and not how much protein you consume. Consuming protein does not automatically mean your body will create muscles, as protein is used on an as needed bases. Protein powders supply much more protein then necessary and the majority of it is converted to fat. Please see this video regarding plant based body building.

      You will never become protein deficient unless you are malnourished. Eating when your hungry, till your full, of whole plant foods will supply all of the protein you need.

  • Morely Angel

    Phfffffff…this sh!t rocks (no pun intended). I so appreciate your sense of humor; it’s totally up my ally (no pun intended). You’re the bomb, Dr. Greger (no pun intended)! No, really, I love me some beans and Dr. Greger

  • Ugugu

    Are these type of studies peer reviewed or is just some speculation studies looking at one part of peoples living habits. I think lasting good health is more complicated than just eating beans.
    It seems almost like a glorification that does not take into consideration things like phytic acids. So it is hardly the healthiest food type but definitely one of the most diverse and important.
    Regardless not everyone prepares their legumes and beans properly (by soaking, germinating, fermenting or sprout),. It is just a fact that high contents of phytic acid can limit the intake of iron and calcium in some cases.
    Yeah beans and legumes can be very healthy but they are no miraculous food either. Longevity has to do with many factors and not primarily beans. It makes it sound like beans will make you live extra long just by eating beans!
    Paleo people do over exaggerate the harmful effects of grains but people who pretend that there are not inhibitors in grains and legumes are equally delusional.

    • Toxins

      Cooking eliminates these antinutrients so this is a non issue. Phytic acid also doubles as an antioxidant. Furthermore, Dr. Greger is merely sharing more research showing the power of plant foods, he has no intention of showing that beans are magical.

  • Derrek

    Any studies on the harm of protein powders and decreased life expectancy? Sorry this isn’t really relevant to the video.

  • Dean

    I am a vegan who eats two cups of beans daily, but I have hemochromotosis (iron overload) and must try to limit iron-rich foods. Any suggestions. Thank you.

    • Toxins

      If you eat solely a plant based diet, your intestines should be bale to completely block excess non heme iron

    • You will be much better off by eating a plant based diet and avoiding any supplements that contain iron. You should of course make sure that you consume enough Vitamin B12. See the 5 video’s on Vitamin B12 beginning with You should have your iron levels checked and work with your physician(s) to see if and when you need to be treated.

  • Dean

    I have hemochromotosis and must limit iron rich foods. Any suggestions? Thanks

  • Dean

    What advice for us with hemochromatosis? Thank you.

  • DGR

    Flatulence from cooked beans can be reduced by first soaking your beans with seaweed (kombu or sweet kombu) and then cooking the beans with seaweed. The seaweed helps to release the enzymes that cause flatulence and increase the minerals you intake because of the seaweed! You can purchase radiation free seaweeds at We test our seaweed three times a year and have had radiation free seaweed from the Mendocino Coast of California for the past three years! Get your seaweed while you can- we cannot predict the future of the ocean’s conditions!

    • DGR

      Seaweeds store for long periods of time, so you can buy today and have nutritionally dense seaweed far into the future as long as you keep them dry and out of the sun!

  • Derrek

    Dr. Greger, you should do a video on protein powder and it’s effect. I saw the heavy metals but so many people use them and I’m just wondering the health risks associated with consuming them. Thanks

    • Toxins

      Derrek, I have responded to you several times regarding protein supplements and you continually ignore my responses either unintentionally or purposefully. My position is the same as Dr. Greger’s. There is no dietary need to consume them, and they are overall harmful.

  • Derrek

    What vegan foods are highest in valine, isoleucine and leucine? I’m looking for a good and healthy post workout shake. Thanks!

  • Derrek

    I’m sorry I want trying to ignore them purposefully. I just didn’t know if there were any studies besides the heavy metals conducted on them. I trust you and D. Greger. Thanks!

  • Dean

    I have hemochromotosis but love beans. Any advice?

  • Darryl

    Any discussion of on the longevity benefits of beans deserves a mention that they’re the best dietary source of spermidine, an inducer of macroautophagy (cellular “spring-cleaning” of aged proteins and organelles). Spermidine both increases lifespan and healthspan in animal models, and is enriched in the blood of humans living past 90.

    • VegAtHeart

      Given your post, I am contemplating the following video by Dr. Greger:
      I was struck by the high levels of putrescine listed for fruits in your cited Ali paper. I don’t know why Dr. Greger did not mention this in the above video – wouldn’t that be relevant?
      In your opinion, are there risks associated with consuming high levels of these polyamines?

      • Darryl

        From my readings, it seems the research consensus on the polyamines has changed markedly in the past decade – from concern with potential for cancer promotion, to an appreciation of health-promoting benefits. Its not dissimilar to the situation with folate/folic acid, where yes, its a limiting nutrient for tumors, but there’s also recent compelling evidence of vascular benefits. Many nutrients seem to promote both general health and cancer cells, and may always present Scylla and Charybdis dilemmas. Personally, I’m satisfied by the 2004 legume & longevity study that the net effect of a high dietary polyamine diets is positive.

        I’m fascinated at the moment with autophagy (another folder), which is implicated in every lifespan increasing intervention to date, and which may have unique importance in neurodegenerative disorders. Unlike other important general anti-senescence pathways like Nrf2 induction, NF-kB inhibition, epigenetic interventions or glycation inhibitors, there aren’t that many potential levers known at the moment, with the only significant dietary ones being spermidine and the flavonoids quercetin and kaempferol.

        • VegAtHeart

          Nice point on the shift in perception on polyamines and health and I appreciate your autophagy articles provided in draft 1. Maybe someday you’ll share your entire collection with us?
          True that the recent Ali paper was not available for the previous Dr. G video, though an earlier Ali paper (and other such papers) listed under his Sources Cited section had supported high putrescine in fruits. Oh well.

          • Darryl

            Sure. Most material on autophagy at: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.

          • VegAtHeart

            Thank you very much Darryl- saved it.

  • Gorden Tri

    Can phytoestrogens cause growth plates to fuse ? Can phytoestrogens be neutralised like phytates ?

    • Toxins

      Nothing wrong with phytoestrogens from soy. They are in fact helpful.

      • Gorden Tri

        Aren’t phytoestrogens SERMS

        • Toxins

          The receptor system reacts differently with p-hytoestrogens unless consumed in huge quantities. Here is a quote from one of our members summing up the issue nicely.

          ” came across a review that clarified my understanding of estrogen receptors, and owe you a revision to my explanation:

          There are (at least) two types of estrogen receptor, an alpha receptor responsible for both the feminizing effects of estrogen and promotion of breast and uterine cancers, and a beta receptor without feminizing effects that appears to suppress cancers of the breast, prostate and colon. Soy isoflavones in dietary amounts have a greater affinity for the beta receptor (and hence one can eat soy without feminizing effects), but in a few animal studies, very high (non-dietary) doses of soy isoflavones can also activate alpha receptors. Another case of whole-plant food good, pill extract bad.”

  • Gina

    My boyfriend hates legumes of all kinds except for Peanuts (which are technically legumes). Do these health benefits apply to peanuts or does it look like I will outlive him by a long time?

  • Ronald Chavin

    Dr. Greger is correct that beans are among the healthiest plants that we can eat. Only allium vegetables and cruciferous vegetables can match the health benefits of eating legumes. However, Dr. Greger is being dishonest with us when he claims that legumes don’t cause flatulence. Dr. Greger needs to visit a Japanese tofu factory to learn how the Japanese make tofu and unsweetened soymilk from soybeans, which are first boiled and then ground down into soybean puree, which is later separated into okara (soybean pulp) and unsweetened soymilk. The unsweetened soymilk coagulates into soybean curd, which is made into tofu. The unsweetened soymilk and tofu do not cause much flatulence and they retain most of the health benefits of eating soybeans, including the isoflavones, genistein, daidzein, and glycitein. The Japanese locate their tofu factories very close to animal farms because more than 95% of the okara (soybean pulp) is fed to animals (mostly hogs and dairy cows) and about 4% of the okara becomes fertilizer (compost) because it is fairly rich in nitrogen and trace minerals. Despite being rich in fiber and rich in health benefits, less than 1% of the okara (soybean pulp) is fed to humans. Why? Because although they make delicious vegan burgers, okara (soybean pulp) strongly causes flatulence. The fiber in legumes is not that fermentable so technically, most of the flatulence comes from the resistant starches, including raffinose, and not from the fiber. The sugars and digestible starches are quickly absorbed by the human body and so they don’t cause as much flatulence as the resistant starches, which are slowly fermented by our gut microbes:

    • Morrys

      Isn’t flatulence an adverse reaction to food your body may be intolerant to?

      • Thea

        Morrys: That can be one cause of flatulence, but (if I remember correctly) according to a talk I recently heard, the main cause is just swallowed air. The following NutritionFacts article says swallowed air is not the main cause, just one cause, but the article also says that gas is “normal and healthy”. I recommend checking out this very interesting information on the topic:
        Does that help?

        • Morrys

          I don’t fart normally, but only when I eat food I am intolerant to (soy in particular). Therefore it’s not swollen air, otherwise it would recur every day. I think only people who made a intolerance food test in conjunction to an anti-inflammatory diet, and are avoiding all the food that could inflame their body, could be able to see their body response clearly. Tests should be conduced on these kind of subjects perhaps.

  • Wil

    I like beans, but have trouble getting motivated to eat them everyday. Any good recipes to help make a variety of tasty dishes?

    • Thea

      Wil: I have some ideas for you.

      1) Get Lorna Sass’s book, Great Vegetarian Cooking Under Pressure. Several of her bean recipes are simply delicious. I particularly like the Chickpea and Onion recipe. Here is a link to the basic recipe:

      I prefer red kidney beans with this recipe rather than the chickpeas. And red onions work just fine.

      2) dips and dressings
      I personally find that beans don’t have all that much of a taste. Mostly they have a shape and texture that changes from bean to bean. So, for me, it is the sauce or seasonings that really matter. You can give yourself a double-bean dose by creating a great bean-based sauce and then putting it over a bowl of grains, veggies and, yes, beans. I like to put the following maple-mustard dressing over a mushroom-barley-broccoli bowl, but it goes great with anything.

      Maple-Mustard Sauce (adopted from somewhere I don’t remember). Blend all of the following:

      > 1/4 cup nut butter (or if using commercial blender, throw in some cashews directly
      > 1/4 cup mustard (more to taste. Try Dijon)
      > 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
      > 1/4 cup fresh/frozen real lemon juice (try frozen Minute Maid)
      > 3 TB low-sodium tamari or soy sauce
      > 3 TB 100% pure maple syrup (to taste)
      > 1/4 to 1/2 cup water (leave out water for great dip)
      > 1 can beans (my favorite: pinto, red kidney, or any white)

      One of my new favorite cookbooks, Let Them Eat Vegan, has a bean-based dip/sauce that I thought was pretty good even though the title had the word “kid” in it. That one goes good on potatoes and other hearty foods.

      3) cookies, cakes and brownies

      While you wouldn’t want to rely on cookies and cakes for your daily bean dose, they can be a good way to sneak in some more beans. More and more dessert recipes are using whole beans or bean flours.

      For example, David Gabbe’s book has an Orange Bean Cake with Orange Maple Glaze that I thought was pretty darn good and not too sweet. It’s dense like a coffee cake. The bulk of the ingredients are homemade oat flour (ground up rolled oats) and cooked beans. The sweeteners are maple syrup and orange juice concentrate. Not bad health-wise for a dessert! Plus, it is easy to make.

      4) Other cookbooks.
      There is actually an entire cookbook with vegan bean recipes. Check out:

      You may also want to look into vegan slow cooker cookbooks as those books would likely have several good recipes that involve beans.

      Hope that helps!

  • MS

    I’d love to see a video about eating sprouted beans…!

  • Tobias Brown

    Is there a difficulty between eating beans and lentils on a daily basis, which are high in protein, while maintaining a low overall consumption of protein, in particular of the amino acid methionine, also recommended by Dr Greger in the videos on calorie restriction vs protein restriction for life-extension? It seems that maintaining 40-50 grams of protein per day would be very hard if beans are included…

  • SteveSando

    I cook beans twice a week and never soak and never get gas. (I’m in the business and only eat new crop beans.)
    the real problem with canned is the slime factor. Most bean broth in cans is nasty and recipes have you rinse the beans. Once you eat good beans, you know that the bean broth/pot liquor is half the fun.

  • Guest

    Where is the video? It’s not playing :(

  • Where is the video? It seems to be gone. Help.

    • KWD

      Hi Barbara, I’m able to see it, maybe try reloading the page and hopefully that will solve the issue.

  • fran

    Soak those none canned beans in salted water…..generally the STONES will fall to bottom of bowl……then carefully pour beans into strainer…….repeat a couple times…..should do the trick: STILL NEVER HURTS TO GRAB A HANDFUL AND CHECK OUT QUICKLY.

  • Leslie Stanick

    What about the dangers of BPA in canned products? It doesn’t take long to soak legumes if you do it overnight, they’ll be ready in the morning. They taste so much better than canned. My Persian friends peel their chickpeas for hummus. I was shocked! But then I tried it and it doesn’t take too long if they are cooked. I just grab a handfull from the pot, and rub them between my fingers and the skins fall off. It is much easier to digest without the skins. Not as much roughage, but no gas either!

    • Joseph Gonzales R.D.

      Hey Leslie. Great question. Have you seen our videos on BPA? There are many! I think Dr. Greger mentions a few brands without BPA if you are looking to avoid it. Please send Super Smooth Hummus to my House ;-) Thank you for your questions let me know if those videos have the answer?

      Best regards, and no you do not have to share your hummus. Enjoy!

  • Leslie Stanick

    And the hummus is very creamy and delicious!

  • Leslie Stanick

    I also add cooked carrots and yams to my hummus sometimes, to make a great spread for rice cakes or rice tortillas. it makes a hearty delicious base for many other toppings. I put in lots of lemon and olive oil and blend it all up in a cuisine art.

  • Folks, I would like to share with
    you an amazing discovery that I have stumbled upon. I think I
    discovered the fountain of youth! However this fountain of youth is
    not a place but a food. I believe I discovered a miracle food dish
    that can without a doubt produce a very healthy body by anyone who
    eats it. I am calling this dish Adelynn’s Miracle Beans after my 1
    year old granddaughter who helped me come up with the dish.

    Adelynn’s Miracle Bean recipe/diet
    is a food dish that help’s your body to create perfect cells of all
    kinds. That is why Adelynn’s Miracle Beans is the perfect cell
    therapy food. The mind can arrange perfect cells from food providing
    all the nutrients that it needs to create perfect cells. Constantly
    giving the body the nutrients from Adelynn’s Miracle Beans on a daily
    basis several times a day will enable the mind to create a very
    healthful you. Over a lifetime these beans can help you live a much
    healthier life.

    After six months on Adelynn’s Miracle
    Beans you will see a new you being created. You will see changes in
    your body fat, muscle tone and bone density. You will also greatly
    improve your blood circulation which will improve your health in many
    ways. Men who have erection problems will see great improvement from
    Adelynn’s Miracle Beans. The diet will make it so that men won’t
    have to rely on Viagra a lot. Also men in the Far East who have
    animals killed just to get something from the animal to give them
    more vitality in and out of bed will see that Adelynn’s Beans will do
    the job much much better and in a healthier way. Adelynn’s Miracle
    Beans does it in a natural way. The way the body was designed to
    operate! Also Adelynn’s Miracle Beans will greatly decrease one’s
    chance of getting a stroke or heart attack because the Adelynn’s
    Miracle Beans diet constantly gives the body nutrients it needs to
    keep the veins blood flowing freely and properly built cells that
    will built a better heart and veins.

    Adelynn’s Miracle Beans are
    great for losing weight. After being on the Adelynn’s Miracle Bean
    diet for four months you will see your body fat decrease and your
    muscle tone improve. That is because beans can’t in any way produce
    fat cells because it lacks the ingredients to do so. Thus the bean
    diet will keep your body manufacturing non-fat cells which will give
    your body the cells it needs to create a healthy you. Then your body
    will burn off the stored fat to get it’s energy to perform your
    daily life. Believe me you will see the weight come off on Adelynn’s
    Miracle Bean Diet!

    Just what is Adelynn’s Miracle
    Beans you may ask? Adelynn’s Miracle Beans are a combination of all
    the hard beans that you see at a grocery store which is about twelve
    different kinds of beans. Also included are lentils, barley, peas and
    any other cooked from scratch items in the bean section. These beans
    and other items are to be cooked together and when they are nearly
    done you are to mush the beans and other items together as you would
    mash potatoes. Doing this mushing of the beans insures that the
    proteins and other things that are good for you in food will be
    blended together to make the food easily digestible so that the body
    will quickly and easily convert the food into perfect body cells.
    Just as smoothies are an excellent way to eat and digest fruit and
    vegetables mushing beans together makes the food easily ready for the
    body to quickly absorb maximum nutrients. And all the nutrients are
    ready at once so that the body can create perfect cells. The mushed
    beans nutrients will be easily absorb into the stomach lining and
    converted by the body into perfect cells.

    Adelynn’s Miracle Bean Diet is a
    diet that haves you eating all the fresh and canned fruit, fresh and
    cooked vegetables and Adelynn’s Miracle Beans that you want unless
    you are a diabetic. Eating these items will greatly help build your
    body correctly without adding bad fat. Also on this diet in
    moderation you can eat oatmeal, whole grain rice, yogurt, limited
    amount of fat free milk or fat free milk products like cottage
    cheese, lean fish, and lean meat. If weight is no problem then you
    can also eat nuts, potatoes and whole wheat pasta. The foods you
    should avoid are all deep fried foods, greasy foods, all white flour
    products such as pastries and breads except oatmeal bread, whole milk
    and processed meats. Deep fried foods should be eliminated from
    everyone’s diet because deep fried foods are very bad for your health
    because once the cooking oil is heated up to cooking temperature the
    molecules separate. The body then doesn’t have the capacity to
    arrange the cells in their proper sequence for the body to use thus
    giving your body a lot ingredients to digest which it then turns into
    cells that aren’t good for the body.

    Now Adelynn’s Miracle Beans is the
    perfect food These beans, when mushed together and mixed together,
    provide all the proteins and many other nutrients that the human body
    needs to grow and operate. And the way Adelynn’s beans are cooked and
    prepared guarantees that the human body gets all the proteins it
    needs to perform the task of creating a perfect healthy you! That is
    the miracle of this Adelynn’s bean dish. If you give the human body
    all the different proteins and other nutrients that it needs then the
    human body will create a near perfect human body. When you don’t give
    the body all the nutrients and proteins that it needs then it
    produces an imperfect body, an unhealthy body. Every day at every
    moment your body is going through a rebuilding process. By going on
    the Adelynn’s Miracle Bean Diet you will have in six months given
    your body a healthy makeover and after years of being on this diet
    you will see that your body has rebuilt itself into a much better
    you! Day by day, cell by cell create a new you!

    Vegetarians will benefit immensely
    because Adelynn’s Miracle Beans contains the building blocks that
    create a healthy body. Vegetarians can easily not get enough proteins
    from their diets but Adelynn’s Miracle Beans prevents that.
    Vegetarians are usually lean people without a lot of muscle tone.
    Adelynn’s Miracle Beans will help their body build a better body and
    the muscle developed will be stronger than it was before.

    Now Adelynn’s Miracle Beans must
    have spices and other things added to make it taste better. How one
    does that is up to their taste. And certain spices and vegetables
    seem to improve the benefits of the beans. Time will tell which ones.
    The study to see how well these beans do will take years to realize
    all the benefits. But the benefits are there and you will start
    seeing results after three months on this diet.

    Now I make a big pot of beans and then
    put aside enough to last me four days. The rest I freeze in
    containers to use later. I will cooked the beans with a liquid such
    as mushroom soup to help lock out air so that the stored beans last
    longer since the liquid soup will help keep the air out of the beans
    which helps preserve them. Then I will make a pot of whole wheat
    pasta and a pot of whole grain rice to add to the beans that I have
    in the fridge but not to the beans that I have in the freezer. Rice
    doesn’t last long and doesn’t freeze well so cook what rice one is to
    use in the next four days. Then always immerse the rice in a liquid
    base such as soup to keep the air off of it so that it last longer.

    However those with weight problems
    should not eat pasta because pasta is a food that the body will
    easily convert into body fat. If weight is no problem to you or you
    need to gain weight then can eat pasta. So add the rice or pasta to
    the beans for more filling of a meal.

    You can add Adelynn’s Miracle
    Beans to stews, meatloaf, salads, chili, or other creative dishes
    that you like. The beans will dramatically increase the nutritional
    value of any meal. You can add any meat or fish to the beans to add
    nutritional value. You can add soy sauce, ranch sauce, barbecue sauce
    or any other sauce for better taste.

    Now every day that you eat the
    beans you can and should add vegetables to the beans or on the side
    so that your body gets more nutrients that it needs to make a perfect
    body. Vegetables, fruits, nuts and beans are the ingredients for
    Adelynn’s Miracle Bean Diet. Eat these items every day for obtamin
    health. If you have a weight problem then lay off the nuts.

    Adelynn’s Miracle Beans should
    greatly improve one’s health to the point that beans will help fight
    off different cancers, diabetes, hearth attack, stroke, digestive
    problems, birth defects and other deceases. By giving the body the
    right ingredients it needs to make perfect cells the mind will then
    create perfect bodies! Give the body ingredients that are not good
    for the body and the body will create an imperfect body. If everyone
    was to eat Adelynn’s Miracle Beans then perhaps we can eliminate or
    greatly reduce many birth defects and illnesses.

    When you think about it many people
    eat accordingly to how they were raised. We all eat what we learned
    to eat. However many customs and ethnic ways of life leave many of us
    eating foods that are customary to our culture but not good for our
    health. The Jewish people and the Spanish people are two groups that
    prove my point. The Jewish and Spanish people seem to have certain
    illnesses that are prevalent in their society. And I think that some
    of those illnesses are caused by their diet. Adelynn’s Miracle Beans
    overcomes those shortcomings in the nutritional needs of the body by
    providing all the nutrients that the body needs to create perfect

    If you give the body all the
    nutrients it needs to create a perfect body then the mind will direct
    the body to do so. The mind has the power to do so. However the way
    we eat today is creating problems for our bodies because the body
    doesn’t receive all the nutrients it needs every day to create a
    perfect body. Now the mind can create a perfect body if it is given
    the ingredients to do so. But the modern day diet does not provide a
    perfect food diet that the body needs to create a perfect body.
    However Adelynn’s Miracle Beans does! Eating two servings of
    Adelynn’s beans a day will create a healthier you!

    Adelynn’s Miracle Beans are great
    for athletes too especially weight lifters. Athletes need strong
    muscle tone and these beans will provide that. Weight lifters need to
    add strong muscle and Adelynn’s Miracle helps them do that so that
    they can cut down or eliminate taking supplements to improve their
    muscle building. They will build muscles in the natural way which
    should also be good for the body.

    People with cancers may benefit
    from Adelynn’s Miracle Beans. I’m sure there are ingredients in beans
    that help fight off cancers and if you overwhelm the body with these
    ingredients then the body should in some way take these ingredients
    and use them to fight off cancer. If you are willing to try anything
    to cure your cancer then give Adelynn’s Miracle Beans a chance and
    your the doctor know so that the doctor can monitor your progress.

    There should be a big study done
    on what Adelynn’s Miracle Beans can do for you. However we can start
    our own study on ourselves. Start eating Adelynn’s Miracle Beans Diet
    and tell your doctor to start measuring your health so that you can
    see the improvement in yourself. Then let others know of your
    benefits especially those in the medical field and the government.
    I’m trying to get a government study started so just send your
    results to the White House and we’ll hope they start looking into
    Adelynn’s Miracle Beans. Perhaps if enough of you start requesting
    the study then the government will do so. I’m trying!

    Adelynn’s Miracle Beans Diet will
    certainly help the digestive system. This bean diet will guarantee
    that someone will not need laxatives at all. These beans ensures
    regular no strain bowel movements and the color of the stool is light
    brown which is good. The human stomach and bowel system is a system
    of digesting and disposing food. It was not meant to be a storage
    area for rotting food. However today’s modern diets render our bodies
    into a parking lot for already digested foods that are bogged up in
    our bowels and can’t get out because our diets are sending signals to
    our bodies that causes are bowels to not move enough of the food out
    of us quickly enough so that the waste doesn’t stay in the body long
    enough to cause damage. For irregular bowel movements and very hard
    stools are things that can lead to the body absorbing some toxins
    from the bodies waste material which in turns leads to medical
    problems of different kinds.

    Cancers should be decreased on
    Adelynn’s Miracle Bean Diet because so much good food should create a
    better you! Cancers are caused by imperfect cells. Give the body less
    imperfect food and more perfect food and one certainly will see the
    body create more perfect body. The body takes the food you eat and
    turns it into you!

    Alzheimer’s patients should
    greatly improve from eating Adelynn’s miracle Beans! Being that
    Alzheimer’s patients seem to react to protein therapy Adelynn’s
    Miracle Beans will deliver all the proteins that humans need to be
    healthy. Belief me, these beans are working for me. I have the
    oncoming symptom of Alzheimer’s and it has helped slow the process in
    me. It will work for you too possibly!

    When you think about it we humans
    are derived from beans. Think about it, what was the only food that
    the earliest human beings were able to store so that they could eat
    it in the future? The answer is beans. Beans were the only food that
    early humans were able to store for weeks, months and maybe longer.
    Beans was the stable food of wagon trains in early living. We humans
    are the end product of beans! Beans have created the human race. In
    beans are the ingredients that us humans need to survive. We have
    been doing it for millions of years until recently in the last 100
    years when we went to eating other foods. And since then our problems
    began. Diabetes, cancer, birth defects, digestive problems, hearth
    attacks, strokes and many other illnesses have multiply since the
    human race diet went from how it was 100 years ago. Beans were part
    of our diet then and must become part of our diet now!

    Sadly beans are rarely eaten by
    most people. Those that make baby food don’t even offer beans in
    their baby food. Why? School lunch programs don’t offer much beans if
    any. Why? Old people don’t eat beans much. Nursing homes don’t serve
    many beans. Why? We have to start getting everyone to eat Adelynn’s
    Miracle Beans! We have to give the whole human race the opportunity
    to develop their bodies so that they are healthy and free from
    deformities And we have to especially get the children, the elders
    and the sick to eat Adelynn’s Miracle Beans. We need to set up a
    program that monitors the health of people before and after they have
    been on Adelynn’s Miracle Bean Diet so that we can get a better
    picture on how good this bean diet is. Each of you that go on this
    diet should work with your doctor so that you can become aware of the
    improvement of your health so that others can learn from it. The
    medical, health and government personnel worldwide should look into
    this Adelynn’s Miracle Bean Diet so to understand it’s benefits and
    then promote them!

    Adelynn’s Miracle Beans are a
    great food for the poor and for the military. The poor can benefit a
    lot from this bean diet because the bean dish is very low cost to
    make. Adelynn’s Miracle Beans are mostly just beans which don’t cost
    a lot. The poor world wide will be able to have a low cost healthy
    diet. The military will benefit because Adelynn’s Miracle Beans can
    sustain the health of troops on the battle front. Getting enough
    nutrients should allow the soldiers to be able to do their job

    If we can get millions of people
    around the world to adapt to a bean base diet we can also help the
    planet in many ways. If people ate more beans to to get their protein
    instead of meat then they would be healthier Also the world wouldn’t
    need so many farm animals which would have a good impact on the
    environment. And beans are a lot easier and cheaper to grow than
    producing meat.

    I know most of you are thinking
    that you have eaten beans before so what’s the big deal about
    Adelynn’s Miracle Beans. The difference with Adelynn’s Miracle Beans
    is that it is a recipe that calls for one to cook all of the
    different beans together and then also to mash them together. How
    many of you out there have ever done that before? I doubt many. And
    out of those that have mixed and mashed all the beans how many of
    those people had to stay on this diet for almost a year like I have?
    I don’t think any of you have ever done that. But after being on this
    diet for a year I am seeing improvements in my health in many ways.
    So this Adelynn’s Miracle Bean recipe is actually a new dish that has
    yet to show it’s potential to make all of us healthy. I know there
    are bean products out there that sell the beans mix together for soup
    making but the soup when eaten doesn’t give one the same amount of
    beans as Adelynn’s Miracle Beans recipe does and it doesn’t mash the
    beans together which gives a cocktale of ingredients that are readily
    available for the body to recreate into perfect cells. We are going
    to have to proof that it does work because this dish has never been
    tested before by anyone!!! Sometimes doing things differently creates
    a whole lot better something. This is that situation!

    We need for the governments,
    researchers, the medical community and the food industry to step
    forward and get as many people as they can to start eating this bean
    recipe and then to observe their body’s reaction to the beans. We
    need for people with cancers, weight problems, digestive problems,
    pregnant woman and woman who want to bear children, the sick, the
    old, the fragile, people with birth defects, athletes, weight
    lifters, health enthusiast and any other people who want improve
    their health to eat 2 to six 8 oz. servings of the beans daily. The
    sicker you are the more servings a day you would need. Those in the
    medical fields and research fields should get behind this project in
    a big way. Many illnesses will be cured with Adelynn’s Miracle Bean
    recipe. We must find out what illnesses are helped. Those in the bean
    industry gain to make a lot of money on people’s interest in eating
    more beans so they should try to get people to try this bean recipe.
    Those in the philanthropy field should get someone to make and
    distribute low cost or free Adelynn’s Miracle Beans worldwide to as
    many poor people as possible. Every starving person will certainly
    benefit nutritionally and quite possible relief themselves of the
    harm from under nutrition.

    We can design the way we package
    this bean dish so that the container can be reused in some way to
    help poor people live. We can make containers so that they unravel
    into a piece of material that could be used to built a dwelling to
    live in. A thousand cans of beans or a thousand pouches of beans
    should yield enough metal or material when unraveled and laid out to
    build a small room, roof or cover.

    We can also make the bean
    containers so that they can be heated up by the sun. We can design
    something that will take the rays of the sun and concentrate those
    sun rays on the bean container or any other food container We have to
    give the poor devises to use to help them cook their food with the
    assistance of the sun. We have to stop having people rely on firewood
    to cook and heat themselves. Our planet, especially poor areas, needs
    all the trees that it has and we have to do something to get people
    to not rely on live trees for fire wood. Dead trees are alright to
    use but people in poor areas such as Africa and India are chopping
    down trees just to get firewood to heat the food that they eat and
    for heat. We have to stop that if we can. Making a device that uses
    the sun to cook food and to heat dwellings will help people and the
    environment. Positioning tiny mirrors on a satellite dish and
    positioning the rays created by those mirrors on a small spot will
    create enough heat to cook and heat anything! Someone help get these
    things created and distributed!

    I urge everyone to start making
    these beans at home. For those that want to buy them cooked from the
    grocery store someone is going to have to start making the beans for
    them. Someone help to get these beans made and distributed world
    wide. I would like to see companies set up where the beans are sold
    cheap so that the poor can afford them. It would be nice to be able
    to sell these beans for 50 cents for a 32 ounce can. It would be nice
    to be able to afford to get your daily nutrients from a 50 cent can
    of beans! If you like to work with me to set up a company let me
    know. Or set up one up yourself. The bean companies around the world
    should join in the effort to make Adelynn’s Miracle Beans a regular
    diet for everyone. So should the governments and medical personnel
    too! Also the fast food companies and restaurants should offer cooked
    Adelynn’s Miracle Beans as a side dish to spruce up their menu with
    nutrition. A humus style bean dish for Adelynn’s Miracle Bean dish
    would sell real well. In fact it could be advertised as one of the
    most nutritional items sold in the store!

    I like to see some of the profits
    go towards a program that will feed, water and protect the endangered
    species of animals around the world. Also I like to see a fund set
    up where people can send money to get these beans and the
    cooking/heating devices out to the poor worldwide. Hopefully someone
    out there can see the benefits of doing this and helps get it done.
    Philanthropist from around the world should join together to make and
    distribute Adelynn’s Miracle Beans to all the poor people worldwide!
    Doing this would give poor people a chance to have a healthy body!

    I don’t have the money to do so. I’m
    poor. I don’t have any monetary gain to be had from Adelynn’s Miracle
    Beans. There is no such item to be bought. Adelynn’s Miracle Beans is
    only a name I use for references to the bean recipe. Hopefully
    someone will investigate and or make and distribute the recipe I
    refer to as Adelynn’s Miracle Beans. I think it’s a good name for the
    bean recipe and I know it will be a very good food for you! So cook
    up a patch of Adelynn’s Miracle Beans and eat your way to a better


    Ron McCune 38523 Scottsdale Ct. Zephyrhills, Florida


  • Roberta peck

    Does freezing cooked beans increase or decrease resistant starch?

  • adamweishaupt

    To avoid intestinal gas cook the beans with one or two leafs of Epazote. That is a thousands years old Aztec trick.

  • Nancy

    What amount of beans should someone eat each day?

  • Morrys

    How can somebody with high and moderate food intolerance to all sort of legumes, get the same kind of nourishment in their daily diet?

  • alphaa10

    The concern about flatulence is much overdrawn, and a rather obvious explanation lies in what the Cleveland Clinic / Stanley Hazen study (2011) found about GI bacterial populations of omnivores vs. vegans. As expected, omnivores demonstrated a dramatic difference in their native GI bacterial population, and by implication, a corresponding difference in their processing of carnitine and choline (in meat) over vegans.

    In fact, so great was the difference in bacterial populations, Dr. Hazen and peers were driven to attempt a definitive proof that GI bacterial profile mediates the result of a particular diet. In that limited experimental sample, one vegan (free from dietary meat and dairy for at least one year) volunteered to eat meat until his native vegan GI bacterial population was replaced by the omnivore GI bacterial profile (as determined by stool samples).

    That volunteer vegan ate an omnivore diet, replete with carnitine and choline. At least for an initial period, the vegan produced no serum TMA (a precursor to TMAO) in significant amounts, despite eating all the red meat he wanted. .

    But after that, as the former vegan’s GI bacterial colonies were overwhelmed by carnitine and choline-loving bacteria, he began to generate significant amounts of TMA. Eventually, as his stool samples matched the omnivores, he produced as much TMA as his native omnivore peers.

    By implication, switching to a bean-based diet imposes only transitional difficulty (if any, at all), as the native omnivore bacterial profile is replaced by a bean-fiber loving bacterial profile. Executive summary– if we steadily feed the kind of bacteria which love a bean-based diet, they become the dominant GI bacterial culture, and produce no significant issues of any kind.

  • Arlene Thompson

    why not a crook pot for dry bean cooking, low temp to save nutrients, where is the cook book and menu for this diet, arlene

  • Michael Gonzalez

    Combining Lentils, Navy beans, Squash and other beans together create a soup of essential amino acids. Since I have implemented this to my diet, I have not only saved money by not purchasing Protein Powders but I can make more food for the cost.


    Hi use 6 different beans in my vegetable soups!DELICIOUS I soak them overnight drain then cook with my other veges herbs and spices!

  • Anne-Julie Caron

    What would you recommend to somebody who is allergic to soy, nuts and beans?

  • Kimberly

    Dr. Greger, could I please get your opinion on the consumption of legumes in people with g6pd deficiency. Legumes are often considered contra-indicated for someone with G6PD deficiency given concerns for hemolytic anemia and/or low level, chronic hemolysis.

  • Hendrik

    Some new research suggests that what causes smelly farts is actually cysteine (a component of animal protein):