Beans have proven to provide many health benefits that include lowering cholesterol and preventing spikes in blood sugar. This makes beans even more appealing for diabetics, those suffering from hypoglycemia and a resistance to insulin. Furthermore, the soluble fiber in beans helps reduce your risk of coronary disease and heart attacks.
In addition to satisfying your appetite, the fiber in beans also aids in digestion, a key factor in fat burning. If you’re worried about aromatic side effects of beans, use dry beans and rinse thoroughly.
Beans, black beans in particular, have antioxidant properties that have can reduce your risk of many types of cancer. Strangely enough, beans have been the most successful reducing risk of colon cancer. Another health benefit of beans is their ability to help you fight illnesses, again through the many antioxidants consumed in a serving of beans.
Grab an old or new favorite and give these healthy bean recipes a try!
- Combine black, pinto and kidney beans with crushed tomatoes, chili powder, garlic and onion for a tasty 3-bean chili!
- Enjoy black beans and brown rice for a nutritious and meat-free meal.
- Warm black beans, corn and scallions. Place inside small corn tortilla shells and top with fat free sour cream and tomatoes for black bean tacos. Or lay on a bed of lettuce for a lower calorie alternative.
- Combine garbanzo beans, garlic, ½ roasted red pepper, tahini and olive oil for a fat burning hummus. Use carrots, celery and bell peppers to dip.