“Eat beans if you want to grow tall”. How many of us heard this while growing up? This was the trick our parents used in coercing us into eating beans.
Beans are incredibly nutritious set of food. They contain a vast variety of nutrients that are essential in every respect of body development.
They are of various types and consumption is based on individual preferences.
Beans contains protease inhibitors that serve a protective function against certain harmful toxins. They are also impressive antioxidant sources. They contain the antioxidant vitamins A, C, E, B complex and zinc co-factor and they are rich in various other nutrients like copper, manganese, fiber, and magnesium.
They also contain high amounts of iron and B vitamins that can assist in protecting the body against the risk of anemia (a state or condition that is associated with the lack of healthy red blood cells in the body).
Iron is very essential for the growth of tissues in the body and a state of lack of iron, ‘iron deficiency anemia’ is said to be a contributing factor to the case of delayed growth in children.
Beans are high in protein concentration and protein is shown to bring about a significant increase in levels of insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1), which is a key hormone in the regulation of growth in children. It induces proper and steady growth and can bring about a fairly significant increase in height.
They are rich in various other nutrients like copper, manganese, fiber, and magnesium.
Although height is greatly grounded upon genetics, the nutrients we get from the beans is necessary for ensuring growth continuity and proper development. However, once you’ve reached your maximum or final height, there is little or nothing diet can do to bring about an added increase. It can only assist in height maintenance and keeping bones and joints in the body strong.