"David R. Throop" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected] > Over in sci.life-extension <[email protected]>, Doug Skrecky > <[email protected]> posts an article about how legume > consumption is the best predictor (of the foodgroups studied) of > survival in the elderly. > > Peas? Peanuts? I hardly eat them any more. They are starchier than > I like. I'm trying to keep my carbs low, and I don't think of the > legumes of having much of anything in the way of phytonutrients. So > where's the benefit coming from? > > David Throop Peanuts != legumes. Legumes = complex carbs maybe 90%, protein, low fat, fibre, iron. Flavour when you know how to cook... The combination of essential amino acids complements what is in grains. So, beans plus grain = one combination that works for proteins. My private theory is that legume eaters are people who know how to cook, hence their health is because they understand dietary choice and food preparation. The natural things that go with legumes in terms of flavour are also good for you, especially with legumes. [Soaking legumes also provides reflection time]. N.