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At $0.12 per 1/4-cup serving for dry black beans it’s hard to beat the price.

Beans are a carbohydrate containing food, so you need to count the carbohydrates in your eating plan — 1/2-cup cooked beans is one carb choice, or 15 grams total carbohydrate, but beans also are rich in fiber, both soluble and insoluble, and work to reduce cholesterol levels. Beans are an important source of protein as well, and one-quarter-cup dry black beans packs only 70 calories.

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