Are You Eating This Cancer Fighter?

Since I eat a plant-based diet, I tend to think of beans as a convenient (and cheap) source veggieof plant-powered protein. However, according to a recent “mega-study,” beans may be so much more than chip dip and 10-minute taco filling.

Legumes linked to lower colon cancer risk

In this paper, researchers looked at the results of 14 large studies that examined legume consumption in more than 1.9 million people. And what they found was that eating more legumes was linked to a ~10% decrease in colon cancer risk. That’s a big deal, because colon cancer is one of the most common cancers worldwide—and rates are on the rise.

So, what counts as a legume? According to the study authors:1-Black-Bean-Taco-Resized_Edited

  • Soybeans
  • Peas
  • Beans
  • Lentils
  • Peanuts
  • Other podded plants (Anyone know what falls in this category?)

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