Celebrate National Eat Beans Day Today

Today is National Eat Beans Day, dedicated to the celebration of these inexpensive nutritional powerhouses.

Beans, a type of legume, are one of the longest-cultivated plants, having been grown in Thailand since the early seventh millennium BCE. And with all they have going for them, it’s no wonder beans have stood the test of time: They’re high in protein and fiber, low in fat and sodium, and a good source of nutrients such as magnesium, calcium, potassium, iron, vitamin A, and folate.

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Beans are particularly good for people with diabetes: Thanks to their high fiber content and low glycemic index, beans can help with blood sugar and weight control, and their high antioxidant content can help fight heart disease.

To learn more about what beans can do for you, check out one of the following blog entries:

The Beauty of Beans (Part 1)
The Beauty of Beans (Part 2)
The Beauty of Beans (Part 3)
Beans Will Rock Your World

Feeling inspired to incorporate more beans into your diet? Try one of the following delicious recipes!

Puerto Rican Small Red Bean Stew
Turkey Bean Meatloaf
Quinoa and Black Bean Salad
Quick White Bean Soup

This blog entry was written by Web Editor Diane Fennell.