What is the healthiest bean?
Because so many types of beans are beneficial, we couldn’t narrow it down to just one kind. Here we’ve listed some of the “cream of the crop” when it comes to beans, in terms of nutrients, antioxidants and great taste!
1. Black Beans: Also referred to as turtle beans, black beans are loaded with antioxidants and fiber, and are an excellent source of high-quality protein.
2. Kidney Beans: Along with lots of fiber and protein, kidney beans are an excellent source of the trace mineral, molybdenum. This mineral helps detoxify sulfites, a type of preservative added to many foods (and to which many people are sensitive), from the body.
3. Pinto Beans: “Pinto” is Spanish for “painted,” which refers to the pinto beans’ splashes of color. They’re rich in antioxidants, fiber, protein, molybdenum, folate, manganese, vitamin B1, phosphorous, iron, magnesium, potassium and copper.
4. Navy Beans: Navy beans got their name because they were a staple food of the U.S. Navy in the early 20th century. They’re rich in fiber, protein, folate, manganese, vitamin B1, phosphorous, copper, magnesium and iron.
5. Lima Beans: Sometimes also called “butter beans” because of their buttery texture, lima beans are high in fiber, protein, manganese, folate, potassium, iron and copper.
Cellulose, the source of fiber, is the indigestible molecule found in beans that sort of “sweeps out” your digestive track on its way out. It’s a longer chain carbohydrate that cannot be digested because its epimeric carbon (the one typically connected to the hydroxide group) does not open and the “ring” shape that the molecule is in remains intact throughout your digestive tract (this is why it keeps you feeling full, because it is not broken down and metabolized). Fiber is an amazing way to do to some internal cleaning. Get as much of it as you can into every meal! -Amy