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Beans Full of Antioxidants

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Posted on Oct 10, 2002, 2 a.m. By Bill Freeman

Research by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has found that the skin of beans contains flavonoids, adding them to a list of health friendly foods such as fruit, vegetables, and red wine. Flavonoids are antioxidant compounds that help the body to clean up cell damaging free radicals. Beans also contain folic acid, zinc, and iron vitamins and minerals vital for health, in addition, they are packed full of protein and fiber but low in fat.

Research by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has found that the skin of beans contains flavonoids, adding them to a list of health friendly foods such as fruit, vegetables, and red wine. Flavonoids are antioxidant compounds that help the body to clean up cell damaging free radicals. Beans also contain folic acid, zinc, and iron vitamins and minerals vital for health, in addition, they are packed full of protein and fiber but low in fat. Head of research, Dr GL Hosfield, said beans are probably the best human plant food there is. With the additional bonus of their antioxidant potential, you almost have the perfect food.

SOURCE/REFERENCE: Reported on www.yahoo.com on the 27th September 2000

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