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5 amazing health benefits you can reap from eating akara

Offering an array of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, they are also rich in complex carbs and starches.

Beans provide little to no fat and are cholesterol-free. In fact, beans actually lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels instead of potentially causing them to increase.

1. They are heart-helpers

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Beans contain an abundance of soluble fibre, which can lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Ditch canned ground beans, to avoid the sodium used to preserve it.

2. Low in fat

Most beans are about 2 to 3 percent fat and contain no cholesterol unless they’re processed or prepared with other ingredients.

3. They balance blood sugar

Beans contain a beautiful blend of complex carbohydrates and protein. Because of this, beans are digested slowly, which helps keep blood glucose stable, and may curtail fatigue and irritability.

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4. Cuts cancer risk

Due to their abundance of fibre and antioxidants, 3 cups of beans per week can promote health and reduce the risk of chronic diseases, like cancer.

5. They are nutrient-rich

Aside from protein, complex carbs and fibre, beans contain a powerhouse of nutrients including antioxidants, and vitamins and minerals, such as copper, folate, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, potassium and zinc. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans refer to many of these important nutrients as “shortfall nutrients,” meaning most of us aren’t getting enough of them. Beans can help you step up to a complete plate.

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