One cup of black beans contains nearly five grams of soluble fiber, which binds to cholesterol in the digestive tract and removes cholesterol from the body. Black beans are also rich in anthocyanins, an antioxidant that helps protect the heart. “Beans figure prominently in all of the Blue Zone diets,” Katz says, meaning diets in regions of the world where heart disease affects just a small fraction of people as compared to those on the standard American diet. So in place of meat from the burrito bar, opt for black beans. Toss beans into salads and breakfast scrambles, or make your own quinoa patties.
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