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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Beans - Why They Should Be Part Of Your Healthy Diet

What are beans?  They are also known as legumes.  All legumes grow in pods.  When you eat green beans or wax beans you are eating the pod before the beans develop.  So why should we eat beans?  Here are some reasons.

  • They are one of the most nutritious foods we have:  Among vegetables nothing else has as much fiber and protein.  Then you throw in the vitamins and nutrients and they become one of the best foods you can find.  they are a significant source of protein for vegetarians.  On average a 1/2 cup serving has 8 grams of protein.
  • The Best In Class:  For fiber navy beans are best.  You are able to get one third of your daily needed fiber in a single serving.  For iron soybeans are best.  They have twice as much iron and protein than other beans.  Best for folate are lintels.  They have almost half the folate you need daily in one serving.
  • Peanuts are beans:  Their pod is hard and they only have one or two beans in a pod.  But, they are definitely beans not nuts.
  • Cost per serving:  Every time someone says:  "It is to expensive to eat healthy"; point to beans.  The average size bag of dried beans has 15 servings.  Compare the cost of that one bag of beans to the cost of a Big Mac Meal from McDonald's then decide which is more expensive.  Not only do you have to figure the cost of the McDonald's meal, but also the cost of the extra visits to the doctor that goes along with bad nutrition.
  • You don't have to be a chef to cook beans:  Easy to prepare.  Soak them in water overnight.  Drain and rinse.  Put them in more water or stock and simmer till soft.  Can you boil water?  You can cook beans.
  • Not all beans take hours to cook:  Lintels cook in less time than other beans.  French lintels (or petite lintels)  cook in 15 minutes.  Regular brown lintels cook in 30 to 40 minutes.  You can cook brown rice in the same amount of time.   By combining the two you can have a complete one pot meal.
  • The cooking liquid is an ingredient:  If you are cooking beans to put in something else, don't throw out the cooking liquid.  It may not be pretty to look at, but flavor wise it pack a punch.  If a recipe calls for chicken stock you can use your bean cooking liquid instead.  Pour the liquid in an ice cube tray and freeze it.  Remove the cubes from the tray and place in a freezer bag.  You will have it one hand for future use.
  • Beans are almost indestructible:  Stored in an airtight container, beans can keep for several years.  Archaeologists have dug up beans that are still edible (so much for the paleo diet).  So don't worry about using the ones that you forgot about.  You aren't going to get sick by eating them.  You will just have to cook them slightly longer.
Note:  Soybeans, while nutritious, are a main source of GMOs in the US.  Look for organic soybeans.  If they are grown organic then they are also using organic seed not genetically modified seed.
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