Surprising Side Effects Of Eating Beans Every Day

Beans are seasonal bloomers and are among the most common foods consumed throughout the world. They are the fruits or seeds of Fabaceae plants — the most prominent family of angiosperms called legumes (via Britannica).

Beans are one of the least demanding, fastest, and easiest vegetables to grow. In fact, you can grow them right there in your home, as they require minerals that can be found in abundant quantities in any garden such as nitrogen, potassium, phosphorus, calcium, manganese, and iron. A simple search query on YouTube will reveal numerous results about how to grow beans in your own garden or balcony. Beans require consistent moisture, warm soil, as well as roughly six to eight hours of sunlight a day. The period of growth is different for each type of bean. Considering how easily they can be grown and stored, beans are a common commodity in the market. 

For vegetarians, beans can prove to be a great substitute for protein obtained from meats (via Healthline). Yes, beans are popular! But does eating beans every day lead to potential side effects? Before we explore this question, let's look at some of the benefits of eating beans regularly.

But wait, aren't beans good for your body?

Beans are nutritious. According to WebMD, they are rich in fiber, protein, magnesium, iron, potassium, zinc, and folate. Among several types of beans, the most common are red beans, kidney beans, blackeye beans, soybeans, and navy beans (via US Dry Bean Council). 

Eating beans regularly can help reduce the risk of cardiovascular conditions or heart attack. According to research published in The FASEB Journal, the daily intake of beans reduces cholesterol levels in the blood, which might be a potential cause of cardiovascular problems. 

There are several more health benefits to beans as well. According to a 2015 study published in Food Research International, the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of beans may help fight intestinal cancer. Another 2016 study suggests that consuming Northeast China black beans daily can decelerate the growth of colorectal cancer (via BBA Molecular Cell Research). Research also suggests that making navy beans and black beans a regular part of your daily diet can help improve your gut health by enhancing the body's number of beneficial bacteria (via The Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry).

Watch out for these side effects of eating beans every day

Yes, beans have numerous benefits, but there are also potential side effects, especially if you eat them every day. According to experts at Medical News Today, certain types of beans contain lectins — proteins that may prove toxic for humans. Eating beans daily can also cause gastrointestinal problems because they have high non-digestible fibers, resulting in disturbed bowel movements (via LiveStrong). To reduce the effect of these fibers, prepare the beans by changing their soaking water several times, and be sure to stay hydrated and exercise regularly.

Beans may be rich in iron, but unfortunately, they are not providing you with the right type of iron. The iron found in beans — especially kidney beans, lima beans, soybeans, and white beans — is non-heme iron, which is harder to absorb than heme iron (via Hemochromatosis Help). To improve the digestion of non-heme iron, you should eat beans alongside a source of vitamin C

It's always best to balance beans with other nutritious food items so that your body continues to get a well-rounded diet. Relying on one primary source for your nutrition needs likely won't provide you with all the essential vitamins and minerals our bodies need.