Why Beans Are a Magical, Money-Saving Health Food

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For the best bean deal, buy in bulk! (Photo: mattieb/Creative Commons )

Saying that health food is expensive is a typical excuse to keep downing double cheeseburgers for 99 cents a pop.

But a new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reveals the lie in that rationalization. Shifting meal dollars to healthy foods can not only keep your grocery bill within budget, the study says, it can actually drop your food costs.

Start by swapping red meat for grains and beans. Beans are cheap and packed with folate, iron, and protein—and bonus!—they can drop your risk for cardiovascular disease by 25 percent if eaten in lieu of meat, says the study.

The trick to making beans even cheaper? Buy in bulk.

Read the full story here, then try the recipes below to start saving your heart—and your cash—today.

Smoky Corn and Black Bean Pizza

Tuscan White Bean Soup

Roasted Vegetable Enchiladas With Pinto Beans

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