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Can you eat too many beans??

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i've been having a lot of beans lately... I mean, a TON. Mostly a few different things like lentils, kidney beans, or small white beans with either brown rice or wild long grain rice. is this bad for me?? mostly I eat it because it's sooo low calorie for the amount that fills me up. like I eat breakfast and then 300 calories of this stuff for lunch and 300 for dinner and all I have to worry about is calories in snacks. I've hardly eaten any meat lately because I get a lot of protein from the beans but I always have milk with my breakfast. I also eat about 2 apples a day or sometimes a banana. And a lot of tea. Is it okay to eat like this almost every day?

Edited Apr 08 2008 04:22 by nycgirl
Reason: Moved from Weight Loss to Foods forum
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It sounds almost exactly like how I eat, and I am very healthy, so I say go for it.  Beans are great for you.
Beans are a great source of protein and fiber. Not anything really wrong with them unless you are on a low carb diet. I would try to throw in some fish instead, like tuna, every other day or 2 instead of a serving of beans so you can get the Omega 3 fatty acids. Other than that, there shouldn't be a problem.

Thanks.. I really like tuna so I'll add some of that in Laughing

i am eating the SAME WAY. and thinking the same thing haha.. im getting worried i definitely need more protein in my life even w/ all the beans im eating hahaha. help!

Beans, beans, they're good for your heart. . .

... the more you eat them, the more you....

I think they're good for you as long as the people around you don't complain!!!

Sounds like a typical day of mine.  :3  Black bean soup for lunch today!  I'm actually almost starting to get sick of them... almost.

Beans are very good for you, and actually have enough protein that you should be fine, even without supplementing it.  How do you think vegans survive?  XD  And if you rinse them correctly, you can minimize how much they cause side effects.  Wink

they are good for you - how do you handle the gas?! ha ha!

Wish I could eat beans like that - but then I'd be spending all my money on gas masks to hand out to people.

Also jealous of Shimmercat, since black beans get me the worst and I find them to be the tastiest. 

When I clicked, I thought it was going to be a post about how you REALLY eat nothing but beans for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, morning, noon, and night.  Sounds like you're on a good track, though :)

i LOVE beans. i eat them all the time.

umm, be careful adding tuna though. you should probably only eat it once a week to keep your mercury levels safe.

I had read that beans by themselves are not a complete protein, but that the combination of beans and rice is complete.

Can you eat too many beans?

Sure can.  Just ask my poor boyfriend who shares a bed with me... LOL

(In all seriousness, though, beans are awesome for you.  Tons of fiber and protein.)

people in third world countries live (long lives and without problems) on beans and corn. The 2 together complete the 13 (if i remember correctly from bio 101) amino acids you need to function. So if you can handle the end reults of the beans, i say keep eating them... beans are great for you

the idea that you have to worry about complete proteins has been pretty thoroughly debunked in the last decade.  As long as you eat a variety of foods and meet your energy requirements, you will get enough amino acids to meet your protein needs.  You don't have to worry about getting every essential amino acid in each meal.

my point was just that beans are good, not hey lets all live on beans only. I was pointing out that people can survive on them, making them a good choice; i understand that most people dont have to worry about eating every amino acid... just like people dont have to worry about goiter because of iodized salt.

^sorry elizabethberg, I wasn't directing my post at yours.  I agree that eating beans is one of the best things a vegetarian can do for him/herself!  I was more referring to post #11.

I think my point was the same as #15--beans are good, but it's hard to live on them alone. A variety is always good, but as incomplete proteins go, beans and rice (or corn) are nicely conjugate. As was noted before, people in 3rd world countries live long lives on these sorts of diets. If your options are limited (or if you just don't want to spend a lot of time on your menus), then beans and rice or beans and corn are good strategies. There are also soy-centric diets that work, but the OP was about beans.

I'm not saying you *have* to have them every day or always together (if your liver is functioning), just as you are not saying (I hope) that it is a *bad* idea to do so. For those of us who deal with their nutrition on-the-fly, I think it's useful to have some set patterns to fall back to make sure your bases are covered. I'm not a vegetarian, so I don't worry about this every day, but I will go for days without meat, and then I usually do eat combinations that yield complete proteins, not because I have to, but because it's easier than remembering what I had yesterday and it places fewer requirements on what I should eat in the future, so for me that works best.


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