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Top 10 Power Foods

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Beans

Health Benefits:
Beans, beans, the powerful fruit. The more you eat...the healthier you are. Beans, including garbanzo, white, black, red, and navy, are naturally low in fat and contain no saturated fat, trans fats, or cholesterol. They are high in protein, fiber, iron, folic acid, and potassium. While all beans have benefits, the more colorful beans, such as red and black, may have an added bonus: eight types of flavonoids. Scientists say these plant chemicals act as antioxidants, which give you protection against heart disease and certain cancers. Studies also suggest eating beans may help manage diabetes and reduce the risk of high blood pressure and stroke.

Preparation:
Cooking dry beans can take a long time. To cut the cooking time to minutes, use canned beans. Drain and thoroughly rinse them before adding them to a recipe. This reduces sodium content and eliminates some sugars that cause intestinal gas.

Recipe Ideas:
Black Bean Slaw with Soy-Ginger Dressing
Cilantro Three-Bean Salad
Spicy Garbanzo Bean Soup

 
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