They lurk in every pantry: cans and bags of beans bought long ago for a forgotten meal, now dusty and unloved on a back shelf.

Inexpensive: Beans are an economical, delicious and comforting way to feed your family well.

Weight loss: Beans are an excellent source of protein, very low in fat and exceptionally high in fiber. They are also a very good source of calcium, iron, folic acid and potassium.