Beans… The Health Benefits Don’t Stink! by Sara Briannon Farmer

For as long as mankind has been growing and harvesting food, there have been beans. Nearly ever country on Earth has its own native bean species and recipes that have been staples to the culture. When properly dried and stored, beans are almost indestructible and can last during times of famine. Even though beans have been staples and are well-known (although only a botanist could keep all the different types straight), they have received a negative stigma over the years. Besides the gaseous side effects that beans are rightfully known for, they are also associated with poverty (Albala, 2017).

Over the years, they became associated as a “poor person’s food”.  Since they are so cheap, people who cannot afford meat often buy beans. However, beans are so much more than a “poor person’s” gaseous food. Beans can reconnect people to their culture (Albala, 2017) and they have several health benefits. They are high in protein and fiber! In addition, they contain several key vitamins and minerals such as iron, phosphorus, calcium, magnesium, copper, manganese, and zinc which help build and maintain bone structure and strength. Other benefits include maintaining healthy bones, lowering blood pressure, managing diabetes, warding of heart disease, preventing cancer, aiding in digestion, and weight loss (Ware, 2018). Remember, the first part of the rhyme goes “Beans beans good for your heart”. Nourish is proud to offer these benefits and more in the new Black Bean Patty with Cauliflower and Bell Pepper Vegetable Blend with Chipotle Ranch (vegetarian).

References

Albala, K. (2017). Introduction. Beans: A History (pp. 1). New York, NY: Bloomsbury

Ware, M. (2018). Everything you need to know about black beans. Retrieved from: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/289934.php

Mary Drennen