|Dried Black Beans|
In addition, beans are considered antioxidant “superstars,” given their rich antioxidant level, which helps fight disease-causing free radicals. For example, red kidney beans have 13,259 antioxidants.
Beans also contain alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), one of the three omega-3 fatty acids which are believed to delay or reduce tumor development in breast, colon, pancreatic and prostate cancer.
How To Cook Beans
Soaking beans overnight reduces the “gas” effect and makes them more digestible.
|Cannellini Beans Soaked Overnight|
|Black Beans Soaked Overnight|
|Cooked Cannellini Beans with Flavorings|
Place beans in a large pot, along with carrot, celery, onion, garlic, bay leaf, thyme and kombu. Add enough water to cover the beans by 3 inches. Cook until tender on medium-low to medium heat at a low boil (length of time to cook depends on the type of bean, and how old the beans are; I made black beans and cannellini beans, which took about 45 minutes).