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Does Hazel Stuff Her Turkey With Beans?

© By Lena Sanchez

My brother had recently moved close to our parents with his east coast wife and she had already noticed a trend in my parents eating habits. As everyone was preparing for Thanksgiving my sister-in-law posed the question, "Does Hazel stuff her turkey with beans?"

That question got a good laugh, but I can remember growing up that there was not a day that beans (legumes) did not appear on our table in one form or another. There was always a pot of beans simmering on the stove. My mother combined corn bread in one fashion or another with those beans, making it even more healthful. My family has no history of diabetes, cancer, hypertension or heart disease and I think that beans could have contributed to that fact. Old age has taken the past ancestors.

Studies are backing up my long held grown up belief about beans. Several studies have presented the fact that legumes (beans, peas & peanuts) decrease the risk of heart disease and colon cancer while lowering total cholesterol and LDL (bad) cholesterol levels.

Archives of Internal Medicine November 26, 2001;161:2573-2578 wrote that, "Men and women who ate legumes at least four times a week had a 22% lower risk of coronary heart disease over 19 years than those who consumed legumes once weekly."

Gut May 1999;44:709-714 carried the statement that a protein found in beans may prevent or slow the progression of colon cancer.

Those studies and more confirm my belief that, those from my family and others who eat beans daily to several times a week also had lower blood pressure and total cholesterol, and were less likely to be diagnosed with high blood pressure, colon cancer and diabetes.

My 87 year old father contributes his bean eating history to the fact that he has no aches or pains and is capable of walking an unlimited number of miles on any given day. Now I'm not going so far to totally agree with him, but who knows? Right?

I don't believe it would be too far fetched to believe that growing up we seldom ever had a cold and never had the flu due to our daily eating of beans. Could also have also had something to do with the wide-open spaces and clean air and hard work on the farm. Now that most of us have grown up and left the farm atmosphere and the bean eating habit things are starting to go awry in a lot of my siblings, nieces, nephews and cousins.

You will find a person or two who is blaming bean eating on possible diabetes, but I simply cannot buy that fact. Three generations past and present of my family - well over 200 people - who have been constant bean eaters have no history of diabetes and I think it would surely have shown up in that large a group, but it hasn't. Now the new generation have left those past habits and will find old age a bit difficult for them, I fear.

Go cook up a pot of beans, put on a pan of cornbread have a green salad with it and enjoy your healthy life! Lena

*** Lena Sanchez Author of "Handbook Of Herbs To Health & Other Secrets," "Antibiotic Alternatives To Preventing Mega Bacteria," & "Dangers & Secrets Doctors Refuse To Tell You." Found online at http://www.antibiotic-alternatives.com and Editor of "Natural Environmental Health Facts & Your Home Business Coach" ezine subscribe at http://www.envirodocs.com/newsletter.htm

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