Beans in general can help you feel more energized and satiated through the day (more so than any other food) because they’re so high in fiber, which swells in your stomach, and complex carbohydrates, which take your body a while to convert into energy. “Black beans in particular deserve their popularity in the vegan and vegetarian diet for more reasons than they get credit for,” Elkaim says. “They’re an excellent source of plant-based protein, at 15g per cooked cup, but they also contain 15g of total fiber, are an excellent source of ALA Omega-3 fatty acids, copper, Vitamin B-1, manganese, iron, phosphorous and magnesium,” he adds. What’s more, a 2011 study even found black beans help improve insulin resistance, a protective effect against obesity.
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