Why Baked Beans are nutrition powerhouse:
Bean eaters are associated with smaller waist sizes & a 22% lower risk of obesity.
American Institute of Cancer Research recommends beans as a food that fights cancer & suggests filling 2/3’s of our plate with vegetables, fruits & beans.
Source of fiber:
- 1 Cup of Beans = 13g of Fiber, which is half what our body need daily.
- Contains both soluble and insoluble forms of fiber that aids healthy bowel function and reduces cholestrol
Source of Protein:
- Good for the heart - Loaded with protein (10g/cup), naturally low in calories, saturated fat and cholesterol.
- When combined with whole wheat pasta or brown rice, beans provide a complete and healthy protein comparable to meat or dairy food.
Source of antioxidants:
- Contains magnesium, selenium and copper which are potent antioxidants to protect cells from free radical attack
- The tomato sauce is rich in lycopene, a powerful antioxidant which is better absorbed by the body owing to the heat treatment.
Source of Folate:
- Baked beans contain folate a vitamin essential to release the energy in our food.
- One cup of Baked Beans provides more than 25% of the daily requirement (RDI 400 micrograms/day adults and teenagers)
Source of complex carbohydrates:
- An excellent food for diabetes as it has a low glycemic index (48) which means that sugar will be released more slowly into the bloodstream & will keep the total blood glucose levels lower for a longer period of time.
- These nutritional gems also contain dozens of key nutrients including B vitamins, iron, calcium, potassium, zinc & magnesium