We all know that beans taste great, but did you know eating beans might just save your life? New research indicates that a diet high in magnesium can significantly reduce your risk of stroke. Beans are one of the best sources of magnesium, with a cup of cooked pinto beans offering 94 milligrams of magnesium, while white beans offer a whopping 134 milligrams per cup. Research indicates that eating just 100 extra milligrams a day can reduce your risk of stroke by up to 8%.
Doctors believe that getting your dose of magnesium through food is better than taking a vitamin. So to really up your daily intake, try white beans with spinach (147 milligrams of magnesium) and pine nuts (132 milligrams), or pinto beans with okra (94 milligrams). Yum!