Which should you choose on your next burrito?
Which legume has the highest antioxidant content?
Next! You walk into a chipotle and order a veggie burrito and they ask you black beans or pinto beans—what do you say? Which is healthier? How many say black? How many say pinto?
Well, they’re both good. Recent research, for example, found black beans have “potent inhibitory activity” against colon, liver, and breast cancer cells and a half cup of pinto beans a day can drop your cholesterol 20 points!
Same thing with baked beans. Half a cup of vegetarian canned baked beans a day—navy beans this time—and same amazing effect. It was a randomized crossover clinical study with a control group and then the “vegetarian baked bean treatment” group. Of all the treatments in allopathic medicine—radiation treatments, chemotherapy—a vegetarian baked bean treatment probably ain't so bad. Imagine if there were a pill that could do that… and would go good with toast? They’d be makin’ billions.
Anyways, which is healthier? Black beans.
To see any graphs, charts, graphics, images, and quotes to which Dr. Greger may be referring watch the above video. This is just an approximation of the audio contributed by Dianne Moore.
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M. Dong, X. He, and R. H. Liu. Phytochemicals of black bean seed coats: Isolation, structure elucidation, and their antiproliferative and antioxidative activities. J. Agric. Food. Chem., 55(15):6044-6051, 2007.
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 beans. 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!
For some context, please check out my associated blog post: Breast Cancer and Diet.
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