Yep, beans do all that and more. Here are five ways beans help your heart, waistline, and blood sugar:
- Protect heart health. The soluble fiber in beans also helps reduce blood levels of C-reactive protein, which lowers your risk for heart disease and heart attacks.
- Reduce belly fat. A recent study found that beans' soluble fiber chases away deep-down, visceral belly fat -- the toxin-filled kind that threatens your vital organs.
- Lower blood sugar. As one of the best foods that are high in protein, beans are also low on the glycemic index. This means they're digested slowly, so they stabilize your blood sugar.
- Reduce blood pressure. Beans are rich in artery-friendly minerals and healthy plant protein -- the kind that's better for blood pressure than protein from animals.
- Reduce cancer risk. Eating beans three times a week not only improves heart health, but also helps prevent colon cancer. (You're 33% less likely to develop colon polyps.) Cutting back on red meat can reduce cancer risk, too.