The Best Bean

The Best Bean
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Which legume has the highest antioxidant content?

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Don’t get too cocky, though. There are many other magic beans out there. Chickpeas, split peas, lentils, kidney beans, and yellow split peas. This is what the graph looks like. Two of those in that list belong in the same antioxidant-packed class as black and pinto beans, but there are three (relative) loser legumes. Now #3 are those wonderful dark red kidney beans, but what’s #2?

Four left to choose from. Three of these are relative losers, but one is the second most power-packed antioxidant legume on the planet—or at least so far tested. Chickpeas, split peas, lentils, or yellow split peas. 

If you said yellow split peas, “peas” take your seat. Green split peas, also wrong. If you said lentils, you’re right! Lentils #2; chickpeas #7! Chickpeas are still super healthy, but comparatively less so, compared to these superstars.

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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Don’t get too cocky, though. There are many other magic beans out there. Chickpeas, split peas, lentils, kidney beans, and yellow split peas. This is what the graph looks like. Two of those in that list belong in the same antioxidant-packed class as black and pinto beans, but there are three (relative) loser legumes. Now #3 are those wonderful dark red kidney beans, but what’s #2?

Four left to choose from. Three of these are relative losers, but one is the second most power-packed antioxidant legume on the planet—or at least so far tested. Chickpeas, split peas, lentils, or yellow split peas. 

If you said yellow split peas, “peas” take your seat. Green split peas, also wrong. If you said lentils, you’re right! Lentils #2; chickpeas #7! Chickpeas are still super healthy, but comparatively less so, compared to these superstars.

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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Doctor's Note

For more on the health benefits of beans:
Beans, Beans, They’re Good For Your Heart
Canned Beans or Cooked Beans?
Increased Lifespan From Beans
Diabetics Should Take Their Pulses

And check out Beans, Beans, Good for Your Heart to learn more about beans’ beneficial effects. If you’re worried about the gassiness of beans, see my blog post Clearing the Air

For more context, check out my associated blog post: The Best Foods: test your nutrition knowledge.

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