Baked Beans: Nutrition Powerhouse
Cooking together baked beans and tomato sauce result in a dish that bring suitable nutrients for a reduced risk of cancer, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, colon & breast cancer.
Here are some reasons why beans are considered as nature’s perfect food & nutrition powerhouse:
Source of fiber:
One cup of beans provides a whopping 13g of fiber which is half of what we need daily & is equal to more than 8 large sandwich slices multigrain bread, or 11/4 cups toasted muesli or 4 medium unpeeled green apples . Has both soluble & insoluble forms of fiber that aids healthy bowel function as well as reduces cholesterol.
Source of Protein:
If you're wondering how to replace red meat in your menus, enjoy the rich taste of baked beans which are loaded with protein (10g/cup) & naturally low in calories, saturated fat & cholesterol that promotes heart health. When combined with a whole grain such as whole wheat pasta or brown rice, provide complete, healthy protein comparable to that of meat or dairy foods.
Source of antioxidants:
Several of the minerals present in baked beans like magnesium, selenium, copper are potent antioxidants, substances that protect our cells from free radical attack. Also, the tomato sauce accompanying the baked beans contains lycopene, a strong antioxidant that helps cell against aging and reduces blood pressure.