Most Versatile Food is….

1.  Navy Beans”The Heart Helper”:  Navy beans have the most cholesterol-clobbering fiber of any bean at 10.5 grams per 100-gram serving, plus tons of potassium. In fact, a study published in the Journal of Nutrition found that a high-potassium diet helped people lower their blood pressure more than just limiting salt.
 
2.  Garbanzo Beans “The Diabetes Destroyer”:  Also known as chickpeas, garbanzos are high in fiber, which helps stabilize blood sugar, lowering the risk of type 2 diabetes.
 
3.  Lentils “The Cancer Crusher”:  Women who eat lentils frequently have a lower risk of developing breast cancer, says a study in the International Journal of Cancer.
 
4.  Red Kidney Beans “The Anti-Aging Agent”:   Contains more antioxidants and omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids than any of its bean brethren. Importantly, omega-3s have been linked to better cognitive outcomes in older adults.
 
5.  Black Beans “The Brain Booster”: Great in everything from burritos to soup, black beans are full of anthocyanins, compounds that have been shown to improve brain function.

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