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Beans are probably my favorite food. I have been cooking dry beans for years. For me, one of the big advantages is total control over the ingredients: no salt, no animal products and no oil.
Yes, beans are a great source of protein but, unknown to many, so are almost all vegetables. See Vegetables have plenty of protein, and they're complete proteins as well
More on Blue Zones, Longevity and Legumes
If you look at the so-called blue zone areas, the areas around the world with the greatest longevity, the most people that live over a hundred, the one thing that all those areas share is legumes, actually, they eat bean-rich diets, and so we’re talking about the Okinawan Japanese, who are getting soy beans in the diet, or blue zone in Loma Linda, California, they’re all eating beans as an important component of their diet. People see beans as boring and nobody wants to talk about encouraging people to eat beans, but they’re so healthy, and they’re so versatile, so inexpensive. The top beans that I recommend are black beans. The darker, the more nutrients they pack. So you wanna have black beans on a regular basis, and you can have that as a black bean burger, you can have that in a burrito, in a wrap. Make a large batch, four to six cups of beans on a Sunday, just put ’em on your counter, plug it in, cook it, and then eat off of that for the rest of the week. You can make two to three different types of beans on a Sunday. — Prescription: Nutrition Episode 3 – Spilling the Beans by Michael Greger M.D. FACLM