Bean Radness!

Bean Radness!

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When it comes to anitoxident prowess, red beans are just as potent as salubrious stars like blueberries, wine, green tea, and spinach. Plus they also provide the body with vegetable protein, dietary fiber, and copper. And if you’re looking for a hearty source of iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and thiamin to boot (natural minerals that strengthen the mind and body, aiding in overall energy and everyday functions), opt for the Mexican red, Alava pinto, or kidney varieties - all pint-sized picks packed with power.

Digestibility...
Some people have difficulty digesting beans and legumes. They may develop gas, intestinal problems, irritability, or unclear thinking. Here are a few techniques for preparing and eating legumes that will alleviate most problems:


-Dry beans are a great food to keep and store in your pantry. Soak dry beans for several days, changing the water twice daily, until a small tail forms on the beans. 
-Use a pressure cooker. This also cuts down on cooking time.
-Chew beans thoroughly and know that even small amounts have high nutritional and healing value.

-Avoid giving legumes to children under 18 months because they have not developed the gastric enzymes to digest them properly.

-Experiment with combinations, ingredients and seasonings. Legumes combine best with green or non-starchy vegetables and seaweeds.

-Season with unrefined sea salt, miso or soy sauce near the end of cooking. If salt is added at the beginning, the beans will not cook completely. Salt is a digestive aid when used correctly.
-Adding fennel or cumin near the end of cooking helps prevent gas.
-Adding kombu or kelp seaweed to the beans helps improve flavor and digestion, adds minerals and nutrients, and speeds up the cooking process.

-Pour a little apple cider, brown rice or white wine vinegar into the water in the last stages of cooking. This softens the beans and breaks down protein chains and indigestible compounds.



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