We’ve all heard the fairy tale about Jack and the magic beans. Now, according to research published in the Journal of Clinical Nutrition, beans could be the key to losing weight. The study analyzed 21 clinical trials with a total of more than 900 participants and found that consuming 3/4 cup of lentils or chickpeas each day resulted in weight loss-even among those who made no other lifestyle changes.
The benefits of beans are extensive. Even if you aren’t necessarily trying to lose weight, there are plenty of reasons to incorporate lentils and chickpeas into your daily menu. Beans are one of the only foods that contains a combination of fiber, protein, and complex carbohydrates.