Are Ham and Beans Good for Weight Loss? (Expert Answer)

Short Answer: Ham and beans is not very good for obesity. Because it has sodium and saturated fat, and they can raise your blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

Obesity is a condition that affects your body fat.

In obesity, your body has too much fat, especially around your waist.

This can lead to various health problems, such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, some cancers, and more.

One of the key factors in managing obesity is diet.

What you consume can affect your calories, which can impact your weight and health.

To effectively manage obesity, you should consume fiber-rich foods like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains and avoid sugar-rich foods like candies, cakes, and sodas.

Now, ham and beans is a dish that consists of cooked ham and legumes, such as white beans, navy beans, or black-eyed peas.

People usually eat ham and beans as a main course or a side dish.

Ham and beans is not very good for obesity because it contains a lot of sodium and saturated fat.

Sodium can raise your blood pressure and increase your risk of heart disease and stroke.

Saturated fat can raise your cholesterol and increase your risk of heart disease and some cancers.

One cup of ham and beans can give you about 495 calories, 37 grams of protein (74% of your daily needs), 71 grams of carbs (26% of your daily needs), 18 grams of fiber (64% of your daily needs), 7.7 grams of fat (10% of your daily needs), 2.5 grams of saturated fat (13% of your daily needs), and 971 milligrams of sodium (42% of your daily needs).

Protein can help you feel full and build muscle, which can boost your metabolism and burn calories.

Fiber can also help you feel full and lower your cholesterol and blood sugar levels.

However, sodium can negatively affect your blood pressure and heart health.

Saturated fat can also negatively affect your cholesterol and heart health.

Furthermore, ham and beans is a high-calorie and high-carb dish, and both calories and carbs are bad for obesity.

Because, excess calories and carbs can lead to weight gain and increase your risk of diabetes and other health problems.

That’s why I suggest you limit your ham and beans intake to avoid gaining more weight and worsening your health.

Stick to half a cup or less of ham and beans per day to minimize the sodium and saturated fat intake.

You can also reduce the sodium and fat content by choosing low-sodium ham, rinsing canned beans, and adding more vegetables and herbs to the dish.

Also, you shouldn’t eat ham and beans if you have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or diabetes to prevent further complications.

Because ham and beans can raise your blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar levels.

You can buy fresh ham and beans in your local market or can order it from online.

Always choose lean ham and dried or canned beans that are low in sodium.

Because lean ham has less fat and sodium than regular ham, and dried or canned beans have more fiber and nutrients than processed beans.

You can store them in a cool and dry place for up to a year.

Finally, remember, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet, regular exercise, stress management and essential medical care is key to managing obesity effectively.

I always recommend my obesity patients to follow a weight-loss-friendly diet to improve their overall well-being, and enjoy a longer and healthier life.

About the Author

Abdur Rahman Choudhury

Abdur Rahman Choudhury is a nutrition coach with over 7 years of experience in the field of nutrition.

He holds a Bachelor's (B.Sc.) and Master's (M.Sc.) degree in Biochemistry from The University of Burdwan, India. He was also involved with a research project about genetic variations in the CYP11A gene among PCOS and Metabolic Syndrome patients.

He has completed the following online courses: Stanford Introduction to Food and Health by Stanford University (US) through Coursera, Certificate in Nutrition from Fabulous Body Inc. (US), Lose Weight and Keep It Off certificate course from Harvard Medical School (US), and Nutrition and Disease Prevention by Taipei Medical University (Taiwan) through FutureLearn.

Abdur currently lives in India and keeps fit by weight training and eating mainly home-cooked meals.

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