How Cannellini Beans Lower Cholesterol


Cannellini Beans and Fresh Vegetables

Cannellini beans are also known as white kidney beans. They are believed to have originated in Peru although some say that these beans are a traditional Italian food. The beans can be used in soup, salad or in stews; they can also be eaten with tostadas and tortillas.

Cannellini beans contain various nutrients that help to lower cholesterol. These include soluble fiber, niacin (also known as Vitamin B3) and Vitamin B5. Cannellini beans also contain saponins, a flavonoid that bind to cholesterol in the digestive track and thus helps lower a person's risk of getting heart disease. The soluble fiber found in these beans also regulates blood sugar, making cannellini beans an ideal food for those who suffer from metabolic conditions and/or diabetes.

At the same time, cannellini beans contain more protein than any other plant-derived food. They have twice as much iron per serving as beef does and are also rich in molybdenum, thiamine, biotin, folate, potassium, zinc and half a dozen B vitamins. Cannellini beans are low in calories yet do contain starch, making them an ideal food for those who want to lose weight. The beans are also known to be a good source of energy.

If you are looking for a nutritious source of protein that can be prepared in a number of ways, look no further than cannellini beans. While all beans contain numerous nutrients that are good for you, cannellini beans are particularly healthy for those who have high cholesterol levels, diabetes and/or who need to lose weight and get in shape. Thankfully, these beans are neither expensive nor hard to find for sale at a local grocery store, making it easy for you to include them as part of your daily meal plan.

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