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Beans & Legumes in the Mediterranean Diet

Take it from the Harvard Medical School: Beans and legumes can help control blood sugar, improve weight control and lower blood pressure. The Mediterranean region has long relied on beans and legumes for adding protein and fiber to soups and stews.

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Chickpeas

Studies show that consumption of plant-based, fiber-rich foods such as chickpeas can help prevent obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease and certain types of cancer.

See alsoThe Truth About Beans.

Lentils

Adding these legumes to your diet can help beat high blood pressure, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s 2013 annual conference.

See alsoOne-Pot Lentils & Chicken.

Fava Beans

Many studies, including one from the Journal of Clinical & Diagnostic Research, report that fava beans can boost your levels of dopamine, the chemical messenger that powers the brain’s reward and pleasure centers while managing movement and emotional responses.

See also Roasted Lamb Tenderloin with Fava Bean Purée.