"Black beans, fava beans, chickpeas, you name it ... they are all great," Gelsomin says. " A ½ cup
of beans is only about 100 calories; a ½ cup serving also provides 25% of your
daily fiber needs and contains as much protein as a slice of cheese. They are
great protein alternative for those looking to decrease their intake of meat.
They are also a good source of soluble fiber, which grabs cholesterol and
carries it out of the body, ultimately helping to lower cholesterol levels.
They also act as food for the healthy bacteria naturally found in our
intestines, which help keep our digestive system happy. Since disease-causing
bacteria can enter through damaged intestinal lining, beans can help keep you well."