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New study: eating beans satisfied hunger better than eating meat

Researchers in Denmark found that young men who ate burgers made of beans and peas felt more satisfied young men who ate veal and pork burgers. That "full" feeling lasted until their next meal, when those who ate bean burgers ate 12% fewer calories than those who ate meat burgers. 

Think about the implications for your sense of comfort, your waistline, and your budget. This is the science behind our experience of eating the Cook for Good way. Eating beans will help you:

  • Avoid being hungry between meals and avoid being "hangry"
  • Eat fewer calories without noticing it, achieving a healthy weight without effort
  • Save money by buying thrifty beans instead of expensive meat
  • Save money again because you'll buy less food because you are eating less

Professor Anne Raben of the University of Copenhagen’s Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports attributes the difference to fiber. Beans and peas have healthy amounts of fiber and meat has none.

Eating Beans and other Fiber-Rich Foods Help with Weight Loss

Dr. Raben also notes: 

It is somewhat contrary to the widespread belief that one ought to consume a large amount of protein because it increases satiety more. Now, something suggests that one can eat a fiber-rich meal, with less protein, and achieve the same sensation of fullness. While more studies are needed for a definitive proof, it appears as if vegetable-based meals – particularly those based on beans and peas – both can serve as a long term basis for weight loss and as a sustainable eating habit

Source: Beans and peas increase fullness more than meat, University of Copenhagen. December 08, 2016.

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