April 23, 2014
I'm a big fan of all kinds of beans... Garbanzo beans, black beans, kidney beans, and every other kind of bean I can get my hands on. What I'm not a fan of is canned beans. Call me spoiled, but my Mommy never gave me beans from a can growing up. I watched my mom soak the beans overnight, then boil them the following day. What is the harm is canned beans? That nasty BPA (Bisphenol A), a chemical that has been used to make plastics since the 1950s. BPA contains xenoestrogens that imitate estrogen, why is this an issue? These xenoestrogens have been linked to hormonal issues, reproductive issues, and early onset of puberty. BPA itself has also been linked to obesity and problems with brain development. Not to mention canned beans are less nutrition dense than their dried bean counterparts, check it out... Dried Beans vs. Canned Beans Nutritional Value Solution? Buy organic dried beans, soak them overnight and cook them the next day. Save them for later by freezing them in freezer safe containers or bags. Why is my Aunt Marisa a genius? (yes I'm named after her) The other day she watched me pull out a big container of beans that I froze. I had to defrost about 4 cups when I only needed 1 cup because they froze together. She suggested freezing them on a cookie sheet then bagging them, so they don't stick together! You can also measure what you need and leave what you don't need in the freezer! Genius! I love you Zia Marisa!
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