Dried Beans One of Nature's Healthiest Foods
Dry Beans- a Healthy Food
There are many reasons to eat dried beans as they are one of nature’s healthiest foods. They are a great source of protein, vitamin B, potassium, iron and fiber with complex-carbohydrates, little fat and no cholesterol.
Protein builds and repairs muscle; carbohydrates give you energy to get through the day. In addition, dried beans are rich in fiber and the typical American diet does not include enough fiber. They are an incomplete protein, so look for other protein sources to complete a meal.
The National and international expert bodies such as, the World Health Organization, the National Research Council, the World Cancer Relief fund, the National Heart and Lung, and Blood Institute and the U. S. Surgeon General have all reviewed many scientific studies with he conclusion that eating beans can enhance your health and may reduce your risk of getting heart disease and certain cancers.
There are other studies that show beans can be useful in managing diabetes and may reduce the risk of hypertension, plus they may help you lose weight. Beans are thought to reduce cholesterol as they have no saturated fat. Another good thing about eating enough beans in your diet is high fiber foods help keep you regular.
Variety of Beans
Great Reasons to Eat Beans
To be successful in adding more fiber to your diet, do so gradually,making small changes rather than fast ones. Allow about 3-4 weeks for your body to adjust to the higher intake of beans.
Another method to help with the higher intake is to soak the beans in hot water before cooking, then drain that water and refill with fresh water. This will help reduce the gas forming sugars found in beans without losing any large amount of nutrients
There are many other practical reasons to eat beans including:
- They are inexpensive.
- They are easy to store long term. Store them in a tight container in a dark cool place, like your pantry.
- Beans can easily fit into a busy lifestyle as bean meals can be prepared in about 30 minutes. Bean dishes can also freeze easily and use your microwave to heat them up.
- The mild flavor of beans lets you season them in a variety of ways and you can spice them up as much as you can tolerate. Some common spices used with beans are garlic, onion, peppers, tomatoes, oregano, cumin, parsley, bay leaves, coriander and thyme to add zest to your recipes
Best Way to Cook Dry Beans
Facts About Beans
The USDA recommends that adults should eat more than three cups of beans each week for maximum health benefits. This is about three times higher than the average American consumption. The new bean dietary guideline lists more than a dozen types of beans (both dry packaged and canned).
Those recommended beans are; black eyed peas, great Northern beans, pinto beans, kidney beans, black beans, cranberry beans, red beans, lima and baby lima beans, garbanzo beans and navy beans. Many vegetarian recipes use dried beans as one of the main ingredients. Bean soups are also very popular.
In the United States the top growing bean states are North Dakota,Michigan, Nebraska, Minnesota, Idaho,Colorado, California,Washington, Wyoming and Texas. Many beans are grown on organic farms also as the demand increases.
Healthy Recipes Began Black Bean Soup
You can’t go wrong eating beans. They are so healthy, and there are multiple recipes that can be utilized. Furthermore, they are inexpensive, easy to store with a long shelf life and packed with nutrition.
Eat Your Beans
Have you learned anything from this hub that would make you want to eat more beans?
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