Which qualities are dominant in legumes such as fava bean, lentil, split pea, beans, garbanzo bean, green peas and beans?
Are they hot? cold? dry? or moist?
Most of the legumes are cold and dry. Actually they are too dry!
When you eat a bowl of beans, it is like putting a sponge in a bowl of water! It absorbs all the water and makes its surrounding completely dry. So when there is a lot of undigested mucus in your digestive tube (especially in your colon), legumes act like a medicine, absorb the toxins and mucus and cleanse the colon!
However, the drying quality of legumes and beans are very intense and would not be easy for your body to deal with. when you consume too much of them or eat them a few days in a row, they will dry out the mucus membrane of your colon. This dryness increases Vata and creates different Vata imbalances.
The vata imbalances can lead to constipation, dryness and stiffness in joints and muscles, anxiety, over-active thoughts, etc.