The Goodness of Beans

Most time-starved Americans are on the run and looking for ways to make delicious and filling meals that also provide a punch of energy. Who would have thought that the magic of beans was right under our noses? Beans have been an important part of the human diet for thousands of years. In fact, these versatile legumes have been traced back to pre-Columbian tombs and the Egyptian Pyramids.

During the past 25 years, the health benefits of dietary fiber have become increasingly apparent. A food regimen rich in dietary fiber can help to combat some major health concerns including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, hypertension and cancer. Unfortunately, most Americans consume only half the recommended amount. That's where beans come in.

Beans are a rich source of soluble fiber, are both low in fat & cholesterol and are packed with vitamins and minerals. Besides the health benefits, the best part about beans is that they taste great and can be spiced to your liking. And, as the richest source of vegetable protein, beans will keep insulin levels in your body low - causing you to feel full for hours and preventing you from overeating later in the day. beans fit easily into today's busy life - a tasty meal can be prepared in less that 30 minutes, especially when you start with economical canned beans in any variety. For example, Goya Foods offers up to 40 bean varieties right in your local supermarket. And remember, bean dishes freeze and microwave easily so you can always prepare them on short notice.

It's no wonder why beans have been dubbed the "gourmet preventative medicine." As an importantpart of the health-promoting diet of the new millenium, beans can be a great addition to your daily regimen.

Goya Foods offers a "healthy" variety of rice and bean products and delicious recipes like these:

Wholesome Bean Chili
Black Bean Quesadillas
Fresh Mexican Bean Salad

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