Beans are the most important part of a healthy diet. Beans provide fiber, folate, plant protein, iron, B1, and many minerals such as magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and copper. And best of all, when you cook them yourself you can choose the amount of sodium found in each serving.
Yet 96% of Americans don’t eat the minimum intake of legumes. The same percentage of Americans don’t eat enough vegetables. These two missing components in the American diet combined are creating the health crisis in America. About half a cup a day of beans provides both a protein and a serving of vegetable since they are the best of both worlds and they are the cheapest form of protein on the planet.
Canned beans cost about three times more than dried beans, but dried beans can take hours to cook. Canned beans are convenient, but are they as nutritious as home-cooked? Home-cooked and canned beans provide about the same nutrition, but the sodium content of canned beans can be 100 times that of home-cooked. Draining the liquid of canned beans may get rid of some of the sodium, but you will lose the nutrients that have been pulled out of the beans during the cooking process.
The next important factor about canned or home-cooked is the scary advent of genetically modified beans. In order to make sure that your beans are organically grown and non-GMO you have to be able to trace the source. Canned beans don’t provide that transparency.
Our system of cooking Vegan Side Dishes is completely revolutionary as it puts the power of choice in your hands. You can trace the source. You can choose the salt content and the type of salt used during the cooking process. Sea salt is the safest and best. You also have the opportunity to spice up your beans during the cooking process so that rich flavors are absorbed into every bean.
Follow this link to learn more about our system for cooking Vegan Side Dishes. Although a meat-eater may call these fabulous recipes “side dishes” they have all the nutritional value of a main course because they include beans.