Eating beans, peas, chickpeas or lentils may help with weight loss
Pulses are a type of legume. Pulses include chickpeas (also known as garbanzo beans), lentils and dry peas. Pulses provide protein, dietary fiber, and many vitamins and minerals. They also contain “phytochemicals” (plant chemicals), which may reduce the risk of certain types of cancer and other diseases. Foods high in insoluble fiber, such as pulses, help prevent constipation. Pulses also contain soluble fiber, a type of fiber that may help reduce blood cholesterol levels. Pulses are particularly high in the B vitamin folate.
A recent study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests that eating one serving a day of beans, peas, chickpeas or lentils could contribute to modest weight loss. Previous studies found that pulses increased the feeling of fullness which may result in less food intake. Knowing which foods make people feel fuller longer may help them lose weight and keep it off.