Beans are a superfood that have long been neglected and overlooked. Often viewed as a poor man’s food and given a bad rap for their gas producing properties, many do not currently include them in the diet. Beans have been around for centuries and are a staple food in many cultures. They are low in fat with zero grams of saturated fat. Beans are also inexpensive with most varieties costing less than $1.50 per pound. Their flexibility of use in various recipes make them a pantry staple. Their many uses include: soups, stews, chili, dips, spreads, pies, salads, pastas and as side dishes.