Beans are one of the most recommended foods by Bütter for long life and an important building block for staying young longer, and for good reason. Beans and legumes are extremely rich in plant protein and can replace meat on the plate, as we can now taste with the rise of vegan alternatives.
Beans and legumes at the same time contain many vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients that give them this anti-inflammatory effect. There is hardly any other food that is so rich in fiber, which in turn also benefits our intestinal health.
Beans, legumes and pulses are an important part of the daily diet, in all five regions of the Blue Zones. We often reduce beans to chickpeas and canned kidney beans, which are often preserved in sugar, but, there are tens of thousands of different varieties in the world.
In Sardinia, for example, white beans, chickpeas and fava beans are eaten daily. In Okinawa, edamame are often on the table, and in Nicoya, black beans are part of the daily diet for their delicious taste, rich nutritional value. Our tip, next time you’re at the health food store, take a look at the beans. Here you will find a very good selection that are perfect for dishes like a classic bean soup, but also for vegan burger patties to spread. The possibilities for eating them are as great as the variety of beans themselves.