Kidney Bean Salad Benefits

31/01/2011 15:33

The Red Kidney Bean is recognised by its bright red or brown colour. Though they also come in Black and white varieties. They are from the Legume family of plants, Fabaceae. The Botanical name for the red kidney bean is Phaseolus vulgaris, which is also the name for pinto, navy and black beans. Collectively this family of beans is called 'common beans'.

There are now more than 33,000 types of legumes, and legumes are the second most popular food (grains being the first) for providing protein to people around the world. In comparison to grains, however, beans have approximately an identical number of calories, but contain two to three times more protein. As a matter of fact, beans are really a superfood.

The nurse I was speaking to told me that we can expect to see lots of publicity and news following this new find.The problem is how do you make them palatable as they are not the tastiest things in the world. Linseed Oil is quite unpleasant to my palette. The seeds are much more tolerable although I would never call them delicious.One thing you can do is add a spoonful to your porridge at breakfast.

As you can see, just in the category of beans, peas and lentils you can better your health and/or prevent illnesses. Look for recipes that incorporate not only my top five listed above, but any of your favourites. One of my favourite recipes is a bean salad. I mix together three or more canned beans/peas such as black-eyed peas, chickpeas and kidney beans (rinsed of course and preferably organic).

Adding some veggies can significantly add a wide variety of color, taste, and texture which will instantly add a bit of zest to your typical mundane garden salad. Why not try some fresh steamed broccoli, or some asparagus? Maybe some cauliflower or fresh okra? Don't knock it until you've tried it! The idea is to make the salad more appetizing and appealing to your liking.

Place the dried beans in a large pot or bowl and cover completely with cold water. Soak for 12 hours or overnight. Drain and rinse the beans. In a large saucepan, combine the beans and 1-quart of water. Heat until boiling. Reduce the heat to simmer. Cover and cook for 1 to 1-1/4 hours or until the beans are tender.

Certain cancers like the pancreatic cancer, colon cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer, etc can be prevented by including the protein and fiber rich beans and legumes in the regular diet. Ligins or phytoestrogen is a compound of the legume family that exhibit properties similar to estrogen. This may help in reducing estrogen related cancers like the breast cancer.

Using a large pot, heat the olive oil on medium-low. Saute the diced onion in the pot for 3-5 minutes. Add the turkey and let it brown, this takes around 5 minutes. Put in the rest of the ingredients and stir. Allow this to reaching boiling and turn the heat down to simmer. Let this cook for 20-25 minutes stirring randomly.

The word is out, beans are in! Legumes(beans, peas and lentils) are not only nutritious but delicious. Though beans have often been neglected in the Western diet, they have long since been an important part of traditional diets around the world. Many people in North America are discovering that beans are not only tasty, easy to prepare, economical but are good for you. Legumes are an important food source.

Often when discussing food storage I hear individuals complain that they do not care for beans. Although these people would like to benefit from the storage option available to them, they simply dislike the usual consistency associated with beans. Children usually dislike beans and for that specific reason. Well, all is not lost as there are alternatives that will not only allow you to store these products but also to actually allow your family to enjoy eating them.

When it comes to a healthy diabetes diet, beans are fantastic! Chock-full of fiber, beans have a low glycemic index (the rate at which a food raises your blood sugar), and provide sustained energy while slowly being released into your blood stream. A one-half cup serving of most beans contain 15 to 20 grams of carbohydrate and up to an incredible 8 grams of fiber.

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