Beans, chickpeas and lentils are healthy, but they also contain carbohydrates, the nutritionist noted. Legumes are especially important for vegetarians because they contain protein. These foods reduce the risk of diabetes, promote weight loss, improve heart health, and lower blood pressure.
She also included dairy products on the list. Ball recommends that those who do not have lactose intolerance or other contraindications not to give up dairy products. It is an excellent source of calcium, vitamin B12, potassium, and protein, she says.