Fart for Your Heart

heart shape made with beans

What’s the one food that makes you fart more than any other? I’m guessin’ most of you said, “Beans.” I heartily agree.

And don’t we all know that familiar jingle:

Beans, beans, the musical fruit,
The more you eat, the more you toot,
The more you toot, the better you feel,
So eat your beans at every meal.

Good news

That silly old rhyme happens to be right on. If you want to feel better by decreasing your risk of heart attack and more, start eating a cup of beans every day. A recent research study has shown this to be true for those with diabetes.* That means a daily cup of beans can help those who don’t have diabetes avoid it.

Important heads up

This study is talking about dried, cooked beans like pintos, garbanzos, lentils, black beans, lima beans, navy beans, etc. Green beans don’t have the same effects.

More good news

I’m here to attest to the fact that if you eat a cup of beans every day, eventually the fart will depart.

*Jenkins DJA, et al “Effect of legumes as part of a low glycemic index diet on glycemic control and cardiovascular risk factors in type 2 diabetes mellitus” Arch Intern Med 2012; DOI:10.1001/2013.jamainternmed.70.


Diana Fleming

Diana Fleming, PhD, LDN, is a co-author of The Full Plate Diet and Nutritionist for Full Plate Living. She received her doctoral degree from Tufts University and has since dedicated her time to translating complicated nutritional data into easy and fun concepts anyone can apply at their next meal. In her spare time, she has painstakingly perfected the ultimate healthy AND delicious chocolate chip cookie.

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