Protein comes from plant sources as well as animal ones. In fact, every plant we eat has at least a little bit of protein in it, and some have a lot—like beans! Beans also have some health benefits that meats don’t. Beans have no cholesterol and very little fat, and they’re high in minerals and fiber.
Eating beans may reduce blood cholesterol, a leading cause of heart disease. Because they digest slowly, adding beans to your diet helps keep you feeling full if you’re working on shedding excess pounds.
Drain canned beans in a colander and rinse with water to remove as much salt as you can; preferably buy canned beans with no salt added. Or, you can make your own salt-free beans from scratch.
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