Did You Know!?
- 1/2 cup of pinto beans contains 116 calories, 0 grams of fat, 0 grams of cholesterol, 22 grams of carb, 7 grams of fiber, 1 gram of sugar and 7 grams of protein!
- One half-cup serving of cooked dry beans contains large amounts of iron, phosphorous, magnesium, manganese, potassium, copper, calcium, and zinc.
- One half-cup serving of beans provides 36% of the Recommended Daily Intake of 400 micrograms of folacin and 11% of the RDI for thiamin.
- Although some B vitamins are lost in preparation, cooked dry beans retain more than 70% of these vitamins after hot soaking and cooking. Extended cooking times will result in greater B vitamin losses.
- Beans cause a slower release of glucose and they keep you full longer than some foods which can increase your effectiveness of controlling your weight.
- Discarding the soaking and cooking water helps remove oligosaccharides and reduces flatulence. Hot soaking removes about 50% of these sugars. Extended soaking removes more, but reduces vitamins and minerals. Canned beans may contain up to 4% sucrose as a flavor enhancer.
- Research studies have shown that insoluble fiber not only helps to increase stool bulk and prevent constipation, but also helps prevent digestive disorders like irritable bowel syndrome and diverticulosis.
- A study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine confirms that eating high fiber foods, such as pinto beans, helps prevent heart disease.
- A one cup serving of pinto beans provides 24.8% of the daily recommended intake for iron.