If you find yourself regularly getting cravings, white kidney bean powder could help. Healthista’s Nutritional Director Rick Hay explains their benefits, in our Trendy Nutrients A – Z series
‘White kidney beans, also known as cannellini beans, offer many great health benefits,’ says Healthista’s nutritional director Rick Hay. ‘They are rich in fibre, high in protein and have a good amino acid profile.’
‘In this way, white kidney bean powder will help regulate blood sugar. When there is stabilisation in your blood sugar, you are less likely to have cravings and it can help you with portion control too, as white kidney bean keeps you fuller for longer.’
‘Research also shows that white kidney bean powder can act as a carb blocker. White kidney beans produce substances which block an enzyme called amylase that is necessary for the breakdown of carbohydrates. This is ideal if you want to lower your carbohydrate intake, which can help create a calorie deficit in your diet.’
One study conducted in Toronto, Canada, found that bean consumption was linked with lower risk of overweight and obesity.
White kidney bean is also rich in folic acid and vitamin B9, which help strengthen your heart and cardiovascular system. In addition, white kidney bean can be good for the brain, due to the high content of thiamin and vitamin B1, which are essential for the production of healthy brain cells.
Looking for a nutrient powder that contains white kidney bean powder? Try a scoop of the Healthista ‘Body Food‘ nutrient powder.
White kidney bean powder can also be blended into your smoothie or juice. It also comes in capsule or tablet form, which can be consumed with a simple glass of water.
Rick Hay is an Anti-Ageing and Fitness Nutritionist with many years clinical experience in nutrition, naturopathy, botanical medicine and iridology. He specializes in obesity treatment and weight management. He writes a regular Natural Health and Fitness Blog for Healthista. Find out more at rickhay.co.uk. Follow Rick on Twitter @rickhayuk
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