A refreshingly original long-term study of several hundred elderly women found that a daily intake of pulses and soya products was associated with a significantly reduced risk of functional disability in later life. People with functional disabilities have problems, for example, with going outside the home, keeping track of money and bills, preparing meals, doing light housework, taking prescription medicines in the right amount at the right time, and using the telephone. Pulses (beans, lentils, peas, soya) are a true wonder-food as they contain plenty of healthy carbohydrates and protein, fibre and essential minerals such as calcium, iron and zinc and B vitamins.
Kim,J., Lee, Y., Lee, S.Y., 2011. Legumes and soy products consumption and functional disability in older women. Maturitas. 69 268-272.