The researchers found eight flavonoids in the bean coat, six of which were particularly strong antioxidants. Beans come in a mosaic of colors that can rival those of fruits and vegetables. Their varietal names often reflect their attractive hues-like Jaguar. It\'s one of the latest black beans to emerge from the Michigan State University-USDA breeding team. Bean colors range from the plain white great Northern through the cranberry bean\'s cream with red streaks and flecks to the maroon-red adzuki--and all the way to the totally black bean.
Beans are also a great source of soluble fibre - the type that helps to lower cholesterol levels. And they�re considered a low fat vegetarian protein food.
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