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Beans could be a great addition to any diet if properly cooked and if well tolerated. They can help slow the absorption of sugar into the blood and therefore reduce blood sugar levels, a risk factor for diabetes.
Beans are a great source of fiber, and the fiber they contain is called prebiotic fiber – the type of dietary fiber that we cannot digest, but certain types of bacteria in our gut can.
Fiber is the primary food for the beneficial bacteria in our gut; if we feed them fiber, in exchange they provide an ample supply of butyrate – the preferred fuel for the cells of our large intestine, that is also known for its cancer-protective and anti-inflammatory benefits.
Butyrate is required to keep the health and integrity of the gut lining and helps acidify the pH of the colon, preventing the growth of harmful bacteria.