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Old 02-17-2010, 07:46 AM   #1
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Canned beans - Are they bad.

Are you folks using canned beans for your salads.

In an effort to cut my sodium intake, I read the label and found sodium content is some what considerable.

Are you using other alternatives such as boiling raw dry beans and then make salads with them.

Trying to cut down sodium and packaged food as much as possible.

 
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Re: Canned beans - Are they bad.

jayjey,

I buy a lot of dry beans, lentils and split peas at the supermarket because I'm on a plant based regimen. I almost never buy canned because of the sodium content and I think you get more for your money with the dry beans.

However, most beans should be soaked overnight at room temperature. Soaking overnight and then rinsing helps to remove phytates (phytic acid). A couple teaspoons of vinegar added to the soak-water will help this process.
I believe that lentils and split peas do not require soaking but I often soak them anyway. It's your choice.

You are wise to cut down on packaged foods. Good luck.

 
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Re: Canned beans - Are they bad.

Thanks for the information. I am going to slowly get rid of the canned beans. no pain... no gain... would be on soaking beans manually.

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Old 02-17-2010, 05:20 PM   #4
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Re: Canned beans - Are they bad.

Many people eat them for the carbs, but many beans contain almost as much protein. They are an interesting food.

As far as sodium, you should buy the bagged kind and just boil them yourself. They smell great anyways (I mean while they're cooking)

 
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Re: Canned beans - Are they bad.

Thanks for the tip on adding the vinegar to the soak water! Just a tip, another, quicker, way to soak beans is to boil them for 2 minutes and let stand for 1 hour. I prefer the slow way.

And, I agree, get rid of all canned foods! I live alone so for me if that means no tomato paste, so be it. I live like this because of the lack of quality control (picture all the bits and remains of cored tomatoes gather up to make that paste) and loss of nutrients in canned foods, not to mention the packaging waste!

 
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Re: Canned beans - Are they bad.

ACurious1,

To be more specific, I believe the correct amount of vinegar is one tablespoon of per cup of soak-water. So if you have a big soak, you might need about 2 tablespoons. I buy white vinegar by the gallon because I'm on a plant based diet.

I also don't like canned foods; I seldom buy any (although pumpkin is one exception). As long as you brought up the subject of tomatoes, I'll tell you about a suspicion I have. I think they could be high in phytates (phytic acid). Well, I read that seeds are relatively high in phytates. And what do you see when you cut a big juicy tomatoe in half? I haven't bought any tomatoes lately but I think they have lots of seeds. Don't they?

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