Canned Beans or Cooked Beans?


“Canned Beans or Cooked Beans?” Canned beans
are convenient, but are they as nutritious
as home cooked? And if you do
used canned, should you drain
them or not? This recent study,
spilled the beans. The federal government
recommends about a half
a cup a day, counting them as both
a protein and a vegetable, since they have the
best of both worlds, excellent sources of
fiber and folate, and good sources of plant protein,
plant iron, vitamin B1 and minerals such as magnesium,
phosphorus, potassium, and copper, all while being naturally
low in sodium. Yet Americans,
don’t know beans. 96% of Americans don’t
even make the measly minimum recommended
intake of beans, chickpeas, split peas,
or lentils. That’s actually the same
percentage of Americans that doesn’t eat their
greens every day. Two of the healthiest things
on the planet: greens and beans, and hardly anyone even
makes the minimum. Just another “piece added to
the rather disturbing picture” “that is emerging of a
nation’s diet in crisis.” Anyway, back
to the study— don’t get me
started on greens. In addition to their health
benefits, beans are cheap. The researchers did a
little bean counting, and a serving of beans
costs between 10 cents and, if you want to
go crazy, 40 cents. As you can see canned beans
cost about 3 times more than buying dried beans
and cooking them yourself, but beans can take
hours to cook so my family just
goes wild and splurges, on that extra 20 cents
a serving. Nutrition-wise, cooked and
canned are about same, but the sodium content
of canned beans can be 100 times
that of cooked. Draining and rinsing
the canned beans can get rid of about
half the sodium, but you’re also draining
and rinsing away some of the
nutrition, so I recommend when
buying canned beans get the no-salt
added varieties and keep and use
that bean juice. Bottom line “Beans, regardless
of type or form,” “are a nutrient rich food
and should be encouraged” “as part of a
healthy diet.”