Dr. Henry Thompson - Colorado State University - Bean Interview with A Legume a Day

Bean Interview: Dr. Henry Thompson

I am absolutely thrilled to be conducting a bean interview series, Behind the Scenes the World of Beans! It was an honor to do a bean interview with Dr. Henry Thompson, a Professor and Researcher at Colorado State University, and the Director of the Cancer Prevention Laboratory.

Bean Interview Series - Dr. Henry Thompson - Colorado State University

Dr. Henry Thompson is a global bean guru, and he was also my PhD mentor. After years of working with him, I truly cannot say enough good things about Henry. But, in a nutshell: Henry is one of those people who brings out the best in others. He has a deep desire to pursue science and further our understanding of how pulses (e.g., chickpeas, beans, lentils) can help dramatically improve public health, thereby making the world a better place.

Bean Interview Topics

In this interview, Dr. Thompson shares about:

  • How and why he started working with beans
  • Insights into decades of research and experience, including how beans may help prevent cancer and promote gut health and a healthy weight
  • Talk about a bean reality TV show
  • Some of his favorite ways to eat beans, that his family also loves
  • How many beans he thinks we should be eating to really reap all the health benefits, i.e., the ideal daily serving size of beans/pulses
  • And much more

Looking for Recipes?

Henry talked about bean smoothies and purees. Here are a few smoothie and dip ideas, both sweet and savory!

References Shown in This Bean Interview Video

In the interview, we showed abstracts of several papers. Below is the reference information, in case you want to look further into any of the research.

  • Adebamowo, C. A., Cho, E., Sampson, L., Katan, M. B., Spiegelman, D., Willett, W. C., & Holmes, M. D. (2005). Dietary flavonols and flavonol‐rich foods intake and the risk of breast cancer. International journal of cancer114(4), 628-633. (https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/ijc.20741)
  • Didinger, C., & Thompson, H. J. (2021). Defining nutritional and functional niches of legumes: A call for clarity to distinguish a future role for pulses in the dietary guidelines for Americans. Nutrients13(4), 1100. (https://www.mdpi.com/2072-6643/13/4/1100) — This is where the legume diagram comes from.
  • Lutsiv, T., McGinley, J. N., Neil-McDonald, E. S., Weir, T. L., Foster, M. T., & Thompson, H. J. (2022). Relandscaping the gut microbiota with a whole food: dose–response effects to common bean. Foods11(8), 1153. (https://www.mdpi.com/2304-8158/11/8/1153)
  • Park, Y., Subar, A. F., Hollenbeck, A., & Schatzkin, A. (2011). Dietary fiber intake and mortality in the NIH-AARP diet and health study. Archives of Internal Medicine171(12), 1061-1068. (https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamainternalmedicine/article-abstract/227566)
  • Thompson, H. J., & Brick, M. A. (2016). Perspective: Closing the dietary fiber gap: An ancient solution for a 21st century problem. Advances in Nutrition7(4), 623-626. (https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2161831322007499)
  • Thompson, M. D., Brick, M. A., McGinley, J. N., & Thompson, H. J. (2009). Chemical composition and mammary cancer inhibitory activity of dry bean. Crop Science49(1), 179-186. (https://acsess.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.2135/cropsci2008.04.0218)
  • Thompson, M. D., Mensack, M. M., Jiang, W., Zhu, Z., Lewis, M. R., McGinley, J. N., … & Thompson, H. J. (2012). Cell signaling pathways associated with a reduction in mammary cancer burden by dietary common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.). Carcinogenesis33(1), 226-232. (https://academic.oup.com/carcin/article/33/1/226/2463936)
  • Thompson, H. J., McGinley, J. N., Neil, E. S., & Brick, M. A. (2017). Beneficial effects of common bean on adiposity and lipid metabolism. Nutrients9(9), 998. (https://www.mdpi.com/2072-6643/9/9/998)
  • Thompson, H. J., McGinley, J. N., Neil, E. S., & Weir, T. L. (2020). Effect of common bean consumption on the gut associated microbiome in an in vivo screening model for breast cancer. In Proceedings (Vol. 61, No. 1, p. 14). MDPI. (https://www.mdpi.com/2504-3900/61/1/14)
  • Willett, W. C., Hunter, D. J., Stampfer, M. J., Colditz, G., Manson, J. E., Spiegelman, D., … & Speizer, F. E. (1992). Dietary fat and fiber in relation to risk of breast cancer: an 8-year follow-up. JAMA268(15), 2037-2044. (https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/article-abstract/400622)

2 Comments

  1. Jane Penrose

    Really interesting interview. I need to up my bean game after watching this.

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