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How To Cook Beans From Scratch

I just love beans… don’t you? Beans are a healthy diet staple because they are rich with vitamins and minerals, super delicious, and economical too!

On top of all that, they have a robust variety of health benefits. Yep, beans are among the healthiest and most nutritious whole foods you can eat. They are high in antioxidants and protein, fiber, B vitamins, iron, magnesium, potassium, copper and zinc, and are naturally low in fat and calories.

Beans are so versatile you can used them to make soups, salads, purees, dips, and sometimes even desserts! Their starchy quality is great at absorbing a variety of flavors and spices.

Beans get softer after soaking overnight, helping with the cooking process

While choosing a can of beans over your own freshly cooked beans can be convenient, easy is not always better. Once you get the hang of it, you’ll be surprised how effortless and affordable it is to cook beans from scratch. Did I mention healthier too? Plus, with all the warnings about chemical contaminants in canned foods, cooking your own beans has never made more sense.

Nowadays, most cans are laced with BPA, which can seep into your food. BPA (bisphenol-a) is an industrial chemical that has been used to make certain plastics and resins. Some of these resins are used to coat the inside of metal products, such as food cans.

Exposure to BPA is a concern because of the possible health effects on the brain, behavior, and prostate gland of fetuses, infants and children. Some of its risks include cancer, reduce fertility, birth defects and diabetes. Ouch!

But there are ways to avoid BPA, like using glass, ceramic or stainless steel containers, instead of plastic. Another solution to avoid that pesky BPA in canned beans is to cook your own from scratch. Hurray! ;).

These are some of the main health benefits of adding beans and legumes to your regular diet:

Benefits of Beans and Legumes

  • Lower cholesterol levels, which may lower the risk of coronary heart disease.
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Improve diabetics’ blood glucose control, researchers found that consumption of legumes have lowered the risk of getting type 2 diabetes, especially in women.
  • Regulate functions of the colon, because of their high amounts of fiber, helping to prevent bowel problems, constipation and colorectal cancer.
  • Weight management, beans are hearty, helping you feel full so you will tend to eat less

In this video I will show you how to cook dried beans from scratch in only 4 simple steps. These instructions apply to many types of beans, including: pinto, black, kidney, red, lima, navy (white) and garbanzo beans.

I personally like to cook big batches of different types of beans at a time. If I’m not planning on using the whole batch during the week, I freeze half of it for next week. Easy peasy.

Now, I would love to know…

Have you cooked beans from scratch before? What are your favorite recipes to make with beans?

Do me a favor and share your own insight or experience in the comments below.

Thank you for reading, watching and sharing!

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