7 Healthiest Beans to Eat, According to Dietitians


Lentils are rich in polyphenols, plant-based compounds that have both anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

White Beans

Some of the most common ones include cannellini beans, butter beans (lima beans), navy beans, and great northern beans. 

Black Beans

Black beans are packed with nutrition and contain vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. 


They can be roasted, pan-fried, smashed, eaten cold, pureed into hummus or milled into flour and used in dough, pasta and baked goods.

Pinto Beans

Pinto beans also provide more than 33% DV of folate, as well as other micronutrients including magnesium, copper, thiamine, iron, potassium and vitamin B6.

Red Kidney Beans

Red kidney beans—most known for their inclusion in chili, rice and stewed bean dishes—are a reliable source of plant-based iron. 

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