7. Fava beans
Fava beans are rich in fiber, which “helps lower cholesterol to reduce the risk of heart disease, the number one killer of men in the US,” Sass says. “Clear arteries and good circulation allows blood flow to reach all the organs.” They’re also chock-full of protein. Plus, the potassium found in the beans will help retain lean tissue mass. When shopping for fava beans, also known as broad beans, look for smaller pods and avoid those that bulge—that means the beans are probably old. While eating fresh fava beans can take work (you have to deshell the bean and remove the tough outer skin), you can still enjoy the slightly-bitter, nutty-flavored beans, and all of its nutritional benefits by buying them canned or frozen. If you buy them canned, be sure to rinse the beans under cold water—it can slash the sodium by about 40 percent.
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