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2. Improves heart health

It’s true what they say… beans, beans, are good for your heart. Black-eyed peas are rich in both fiber and potassium—two very important nutrients for regulating blood pressure. Potassium reduces blood pressure by balancing out the negative effects of sodium and by easing tension in the blood vessels. Research shows that diets high in fiber are associated with a reduction in blood pressure levels. Fiber doesn’t only benefit the heart by reducing blood pressure though; it also reduces “bad” LDL cholesterol in the blood. Soluble fiber found in beans lowers the absorption of cholesterol into the bloodstream, reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease, atherosclerosis, heart attack, and stroke.

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