When well cooked, beans have a low calorie digestible protein and fibre that not only keep the blood sugar steady but also helps prevent cancer of the colon.
Most beans have around 17% protein, the exception being soya beans, averaging 32%.
The ‘dark’ beans (red, brown and black beans, e.g. pinto, adzuki and black turtle beans) have a higher ratio of iron than other beans.
Most beans benefit from being soaked overnight. Change the water and (pressure-) cook them with a strip of Kombu seaweed until they are so soft you can easily mash or flatten a bean between two fingers.
Kombu seaweed helps to make beans extra digestible by adding minerals in the cooking process. Add salt only at the end of the cooking process; salt during cooking toughens the beans. Remove the kombu seaweed and serve it to your dog or cat, or leave it in your bean dish!
When the beans are done, they warm to a simple treatment: Sautee onions and tomatoes, add some coconut milk and simmer the beans for a short while. Freeze left-overs for a future hearty and quick meal!
Beans also lend themselves to being pureed with some savoury additions like olive oil, balsamic vinegar, herbs and fresh green peppers for a dip or spread on toast.
Beans, beans, they’re good for a start
They give you bounce, they make you smart
The more you eat, the better you feel
So have your beans with every meal!
Wouldn't it be great to have a list of beans sorted according to their gas producing qualities? Here it is... The beans on the bottom produce the least gas.
- Black Turtle Beans
- Pinto Beans
- Small White Beans
- Baby Lima Beans
- Chick Peas
- Butter Beans
- Black-eyed Beans
- Aduki beans
The enzyme alpha-galactosidase helps to digest beans; it is contained in V-GEST.
Your ability to digest beans increases with regular consumption (!)
Herbs that reduce the gas-producing properties of beans!
- Orange Juice
- Kombu Seaweed