- Nutritional Information: 147 calories, 28 grams of carbohydrates, 8 grams of fiber, and 9 grams of protein per ½ cup serving
- Best Ways to Prepare: add them to soups, stews, curries and chilis; use them for desserts like Chinese red bean buns
According to Wilson, these tiny, red beans—known as adzuki and consumed throughout East Asia—are estimated to have 29 different health-boosting antioxidants, making them one of the healthiest beans around. In other words, they’re a nutritional powerhouse that will do your body good in countless ways. According to a 2022 study published in Molecules, “adzuki beans and extracts have positive effects on the prevention and treatment of diseases, including diabetes, diabetes-induced kidney disease or kidney damage, obesity, and high-fat-induced cognitive decline…[which] also makes a case for the dual use of adzuki beans for food and medicine.” What’s more, their slightly sweet flavor profile lends itself to savory and dessert dishes alike, so you’ll have no trouble incorporating them into your diet.