6 Lesser Known, Health-Boosting Beans

Do you tend to stick to the same dried or canned black and kidney beans every time you make chili or soup? It’s time you lived a little—and tried out the many fewer known yet nutritionally-rich beans that go beyond navy, kidney, and classic canned brown beans in tomato sauce.

Sample the unique nutritional benefits, colors, flavors, and textures of these six lesser known beans…

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1. Cranberry Beans

While fruit and beans are not a popular combination, the cranberry bean takes it’s name from it’s crimson, cranberry color. This bean is also flecked with white stripes (or what’s referred to as “mottled” colors) and resembles the kidney bean in basic shape. Akin to most beans, the cranberry bean, offers a huge, fibrous and protein-fueled bang for your buck!

Research from the North Dakota State University Extension, finds that cranberry beans provide adequate protein with fewer calories and bad fat and cholesterol compared to meat. This makes cranberry beans an excellent choice in diets of those wishing to lower their cardiovascular disease, cancer, and diabetes risks.

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