Fresh Choices!  Changing for the Better Header


Frequently Asked Questions

What are some recipes that use beans?

Back to Top

What nutrients do beans provide?

  • Iron which helps carry oxygen in the blood to every part of your body; this helps you to have energy. Iron also helps protect you from infections.

NOTE: When your blood is low in iron (iron-deficiency anemia), you may feel tired and weak, catch colds and get sick more easily. Children may also have trouble growing and learning.

  • Folic Acid helps to decrease spinal birth defects during the first weeks of pregnancy. It has also been shown to lower your risk of heart disease.
  • Protein is needed for growth, development and repair of your muscles and other body tissues. It also helps fight infection and disease.

Back to Top

How do you soak & cook dry beans?

Cooking Dry Beans

Back to Top

How do you substitute dry beans with canned beans in recipes?

In most recipes, one form of beans can be substituted for another.

  • 1 pound dry beans = 2 cups dry beans OR 6 cups cooked beans
  • Substitute one 15 - 16 oz. can of beans for every 1 1/2 cups of cooked dry beans.

Back to Top

Is it necessary to rinse canned beans before using the beans in a recipe?

Canned beans are usually higher in sodium than dry beans. Drain and rinse canned beans in a colander or strainer under cold running water before using them in recipes. This may help lower the amount of any added salt and may help remove some of their potential gas-producing properties.

Back to Top

Why do beans sometimes cause discomfort?

Beans have both fiber and complex sugars that your body has to work hard to digest. One of the by-products of the digestion process is gas. Some things that may help:

  • Soak your dry beans to help dissolve the complex sugars, making it easier for your body to digest them.
  • Discard the soaking water as frequently as possible.
  • Eat small amounts of beans over time to help your body become used to them and cause less discomfort.
  • Tip! A product called Beano® helps your body break down the complex sugars into smaller sugars that are easier to digest.

Back to Top