Healthiest Beans to Include In A Healthy Diet

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    Nov 25, 2008 8:59 PM GMT
    I've been hearing that beans are a good supplement to a healthy diet. Honestly, I've usually avoided beans in the past for a couple reasons. Number one, they're usually one of the foods that will give me extra "gas" that I'd prefer to avoid. Also, I've noticed that beans seems to be more starchy that other vegetables.

    This being said, I guess some beans are packed with antioxidants and protein which are good for healthy diets. So I was wondering two things:

    1.) Are there any beans that are packed with antioxidants and protein but not as much starch and sugar as other beans?

    2.) Should I combine beans in my diet with other foods to minimize the gaseous results during digestion?

    Feel free to provide your recommendations and/or your favorite bean that you mix into your diet. Recipe ideas would be helpful too. I mainly do vegetable stir fries now days.
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    Nov 25, 2008 9:12 PM GMT
    Use Beano until your gut gets used to processing the beans.

    http://www.beanogas.com/

    Here on World's Healthiest Foods you can read up on a variety of beans:

    http://whfoods.com/foodstoc.php
  • D972

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    Dec 15, 2008 9:56 PM GMT
    Lentils (1 cup of cooked lentils has 18 grams of protein) cook quickly, and depending on the seasoning (use Adobo) taste good.

    Some people let them soak and throw out the water for less gassy effect.

    Here is more information about them:

    http://startcooking.com/blog/196/Lentils
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    Dec 15, 2008 9:59 PM GMT
    I usually cook beans every other week. I use a slow cooker which takes about 3 to 5 hours for the beans to cook through. Havent notice any gas increase from them.

    Beans are a great source of protein and other good things for your body.
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    Dec 16, 2008 4:42 PM GMT
    Lentils. I have them every day for lunch. I am currently unemployed and a weeks worth of lunches costs me $3 total.

    However, lentils are not a complete protein. I put in some brown rice to make it so. About 1/3 rice to 2/3 lentils.
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    Jan 14, 2009 6:49 PM GMT
    black beans are a great source of fiber and iron.
  • vindog

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    Jan 15, 2009 9:20 AM GMT
    D972 said

    Some people let them soak and throw out the water for less gassy effect.



    I tried that and it didn't work.


    From what I have learned from a friend who had a strict no-starch diet due to colon issues, WHITE BEANS and LENTILS were the lowest carb, highest protein beans.


    I make my hummus with white beans these days, they are better for you than garbanzos.