Beans, Beans...Good for the Heart

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blackbeans good for the heart

 

by Christine van Bloem

You know the rest of that rhyme, don't you? This month we're moving on to better and beanier things, and working hard to open your world to the benefits of incorporating more beans into your family's diet.

Beans get a bad rap, with most folks thinking the little guys hang around just to make you gassy. Au contraire!

Beans are an important part of a healthy, balanced diet for all ages. A nutrient-rich food, beans are high in protein, complex carbohydrates, fiber, antioxidants, and important vitamins and minerals, such as folate and iron. Not only are beans low in fat, their lean protein helps to maintain muscle while the complex carbohydrates supply a sustained energy source to keep you moving, something every mother can always use.

Beans of all types are also a great source of soluble fiber, which keeps things moving along in your digestive system.

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