Wish you were in better shape? Want to drop a few pounds? The answer to weight loss may be at the bottom of a jar of Randall Beans!
Protein is one of the most important nutrients for maintaining a healthy body and weight. It helps regulate metabolism, strengthen bones, build and repair tissues and a host of other benefits. Unlike other essential nutrients like fats, calories and carbohydrates, however, the body doesn’t store protein, meaning it has no reserves to draw upon and supply needs to regularly replenished.
The importance of protein to weight loss has led many to start all meat, high protein diets in an effort to lose weight. The rationale is that meat is high in protein and low in carbohydrates. Sounds great, right? Loading up on steak, burgers and chicken to lose weight, what could be better?
But wait, not all kinds of protein are equal.
Apart from animal meat, beans are among the highest sources of protein (which is why beans are such a crucial part of vegan and vegetarian diets). While they are both terrific sources of protein, bean protein is far more conducive to weight loss than animal protein.
How is that possible? It’s the other properties of these protein sources that makes beans a better answer to weight loss than animal meat.
Beans have a healthier calorie density
Calories are an important nutrient, but if you consume more than your body needs and the rest aren’t burnt off through exercise they can cause weight gain. While calories are present in animal meat and beans, animal meat typically has a higher calorie density. That means even if you eat the same amount of beans and meat, you’ll consume more calories from the meat.
See, there are things called “stretch receptors” in your stomach that send a message to your brain telling you to stop eating. That’s how your body knows when it’s full. If you eat higher calorie per weight proteins like steak, chicken or beef, by the time your stretch receptors alert your brain that you’re full, you have already eaten too many calories. Beans, on the other hand, have a calorie to weight ratio that won’t oversaturate the body, even when you stuff yourself.
For example, your typical fast food burger patty can contain around 230 calories, whereas a bean veggie burger patty contains only half that.
Beans have more fiber
Besides being lower in calories, beans have the benefit over animal meat of being much higher in fiber. Fiber helps digestion, regulates sugar absorption and eliminates fat. It is also not absorbed into the bloodstream, meaning some of the weight of beans does not directly translate into calories absorbed. Fiber also holds water which isn’t a factor in gaining weight.
A recent study found that high-fiber beans also influence appetite sensation. This means that fiber gives bean more “staying power.” The stomach-filling satisfaction of beans reduces urges for snacking and overeating between meals and can actually curb food intake during meals.
Beans can’t do it alone
As great as beans are, however, they can’t do it alone. Fruits and vegetables are other high-fiber, low-calorie foods that, when paired with beans, can help supply your body with all the vitamins and nutrients you need to feel great, eat healthy and lose weight. And for you meat eaters, this isn’t an assault against meat. Lean meats like chicken, fish and certain cuts of beef can supply the body with healthy fats and other nutrients you need.
If you are ready to lose weight and eat healthily, grab a couple jars of Randall Beans! Randall Beans has a wide variety of healthy and hearty beans like Randall Great Northern Beans, Randall Pinto Beans, and Randal Deluxe Mixed Beans sold in jars. Our jars eliminate the need for unnecessary preservatives used in canned beans.
Be sure to check out our collection of recipes for healthy and delicious bean recipes and start living Powered By Beans!