What are the benefits of white beans?

Will Clower, PhD
Nutrition & Dietetics

White beans are the unsung heroes of the bean family, Dr. Will Clower, founder of Mediterranean Wellness. Find out why they're so good for you by watching this video.

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
White beans (cannellini, kidney and navy) are loaded with even more cancer-fighting dietary fiber than healthy red beans. By eating these fiber-rich superfoods, you can reduce the risk of many cancers and other potential killers, including brain aneurysms. These legumes are also loaded with flavonoids and other phytochemicals that slow cancer cell growth and decrease chronic inflammation.

By cooking white beans or other legumes, you increase their resistant starch levels, which act similar to fiber by helping the colon eliminate damaged cells that could lead to cancer. In one study, increasing fiber intake by 10 g per day helped reduce the risk of colorectal cancer by 10%.

Eat one-half cup of white beans (20% of your daily fiber requirement) at least twice a week.

This content originally appeared on doctoroz.com

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