White beans are also known as cannellini or alubia beans. When pureed, they are similar to creamy mashed potatoes and make a perfect low fat base for dips and spreads. White beans are used in cuisines worldwide, especially in Mediterranean influenced dishes, such as barboucha in Algeria and Morocco, fasoulia in Iraq and minestrone soup in Italy.
White beans are rich in fiber, iron and magnesium. They also have a very low glycemic index and have detoxifying properties. Unlike red meat, a source of protein, white beans have a much lower calorie count and are virtually fat free.