Beans are a highly valued source of protein in the Peruvian diet.
Usages: beans are great prepared on their own, but can also be added to soups and stews or used as a hearty filling.
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Beans are not only full of protein, but also fiber, magnesium, folate, iron and potassium.
A diet rich in fiber has been shown to have a positive effect on heart health and lower the risk of stroke, hypertension, diabetes, obesity and certain gastrointestinal diseases.
The insoluble fiber in beans acts as a tiny toothbrush, helping to clean out the gastrointestinal track and promote positive bowel function.
The soluble fiber in beans slows down digestion, regulating blood sugar, encouraging insulin sensitivity, and aiding in appetite suppression for weight loss. Soluble fiber also helps reduce serum cholesterol levels, including decreased LDL (bad) cholesterol and total cholesterol.