Changing Meat With Beans Is Good For Your Bones, New Research Finds

A analysis initiative just lately revealed within the British Journal of Vitamin examined the potential benefits of incorporating meals containing peas and fava beans into diets. The outcomes? This dietary shift to plant-based protein not solely maintains important amino acid consumption but in addition has no antagonistic affect on bone metabolism.

Led by Docent Suvi Itkonen from the College of Helsinki’s College of Agriculture and Forestry, the examine underscores the importance of decreasing the consumption of pink and processed meat in alignment with the Planetary Well being Food regimen. This consuming sample emphasizes a plant-forward food regimen that features complete grains, fruits, greens, nuts, and legumes. 

Concurrently, the examine endorses the rise within the consumption of legumes, resembling peas and fava beans, as a nutritionally protected strategy. 


“Lowering the consumption of pink and processed meat within the food regimen to the higher restrict of the Planetary Well being Food regimen whereas growing the consumption of legumes cultivated in Finland, resembling peas and fava beans, is protected from the attitude of protein vitamin,”  Itkonen mentioned in an announcement. 

“Equally, bone well being is just not compromised by such a dietary change both,” Itkonen mentioned. 

Beans as a supply of protein

The examine, known as the BeanMan examine, engaged 102 Finnish males in a food regimen intervention that spanned six weeks. One group adopted a routine incorporating 760 grams of pink and processed meat weekly, equating to 25 p.c of their whole protein consumption and consultant of the typical Finnish male’s protein consumption. 

Conversely, the second group embraced a food regimen centered round legume-based meals gadgets, primarily peas and fava beans. These legumes constituted 20 p.c of their general protein consumption, with pink and processed meat restricted to the higher threshold outlined by the Planetary Well being Food regimen (200 grams or 5 p.c of whole protein consumption). 

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Through the examine interval, individuals had been restricted from consuming different pink or processed meats or legumes not offered via the analysis undertaking.

The outcomes of the investigation unveiled no notable disparities in bone formation or resorption markers between the 2 dietary teams. Notably, calcium and vitamin D consumption remained constant throughout each teams, aligning carefully with prevailing dietary suggestions. Important amino acid and protein consumption met the really helpful ranges in each the meat-focused and legume-focused diets.

With such outcomes, Itkonen underscores the broader ramifications of curbing pink meat consumption for the atmosphere. 

“Lowering pink meat consumption is extraordinarily essential when it comes to environmental affect,” Itkonen mentioned.

The examine’s revelations coincide with the rising reputation of plant-based diets for the atmosphere, well being, and animals. Like different nations’ dietary suggestions, the up to date Nordic Vitamin Suggestions additionally advocate for lowered meat and dairy consumption.

Whereas the BeanMan examine has already dropped at gentle the promising implications of legume-centric diets, future stories will delve into the examine’s broader findings regarding lipid metabolism, intestine well being, and nutrient consumption.

Well being advantages of beans

Whereas this explicit examine targeted on the constructive impact of beans on bone well being and protein consumption, different analysis has just lately uncovered further well being advantages of beans. 

A examine revealed within the scientific Meals Analysis Worldwide discovered that pinto and black beans have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant advantages, respectively, and may contribute to improved pores and skin well being.

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One other examine revealed earlier this yr within the scientific publication The Journal of Vitamin discovered that the peptides in fava beans carry out higher than milk protein in muscle conditioning. 

Beans additionally support in weight reduction, as evidenced by a 2022 examine displaying that changing larger calorie meat with potatoes and beans may promote weight reduction. 

Consultants have additionally lengthy discovered {that a} food regimen wealthy in beans and different legumes is a typical thread amongst communities within the “blue zones” areas around the globe—the place individuals reside remarkably lengthy lives.

“Beans are an incredible meals and they’re carefully associated to longevity in those that eat them commonly,” Anna Herby, DHSc, RD, CDE Vitamin Training Specialist for the Physicians Committee for Accountable Medication (PCRM), beforehand informed VegNews.

“They supply all types of advantages, from higher blood sugar management, decreasing levels of cholesterol, to enhancing intestine micro organism steadiness,” Herby defined.