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!

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