Native to Central and South America, beans are a humble superfood that has been a staple in these regions for thousands of years.
They’re often consumed with rice and vegetables as well as in soups and stews with meat and broth. You might recognize them in famous South American dishes like tacos and tortillas.
- There are many varieties of beans and each one has a unique nutrition profile. For the most part, beans typically contain 15 grams of protein, 1 gram of fat, and 45 grams of carbs.
- Beans can also provide a portion of the Recommended Daily Intake (RDA) of folate (74%), potassium (21%), phosphorous (25%), magnesium (21%), calcium (8%), and iron (20%).
- Beans have been shown to aid in weight loss because they’re not only satiating but they’re low in calories, high in fiber and protein. This makes them an ideal source of protein and nutrition for those on vegan and vegetarian diets as well, especially if you enjoy exercising and working out.
- Regular consumption of beans has been shown to significantly reduce your risk of developing heart disease, a condition which is sadly the leading cause of death in the world.