Kidney Beans / Red Beans
Beans are a healthy source of protein, and by combining them with other complementary grains, you can create a meal with a "complete" protein, containing all the amino acids necessary for good nutrition. They are also a good source of iron. One cup cooked kidney beans contains over 15 gm of protein and 5 mg of iron--close to 30 percent of your daily requirement for each nutrient!Beans are also famous for their fiber content, and a cup of cooked kidney beans provides almost half of your daily fiber. Fiber does more than just keep you regular. The soluble fiber found in red beans also helps lower your blood cholesterol levels by helping to push cholesterol through your digestive track before your body can absorb it. The high fiber content of red beans means that they are digested very slowly, putting them low on the glycemic index and making them a healthy choice for diabetics or for anyone looking to stabilize their blood sugar levels.