Beans are an essential part of a healthy diet. And for good reason! They are excellent sources of fiber, folate, plant protein, plant iron, vitamin B1, and minerals such as magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and copper, all while being naturally low in sodium.
Whilst canned beans are certainly more convenient, they are far more expensive than buying dried beans (often up to 3 times the cost!). The health risks associated with canned beans include BPA exposure (some cans are plastic lined), Aluminium exposure (Aluminium can leach out of the can into the food), preservatives and excessive sodium (can be up to 100 times more than found naturally in dried beans).
The only down side to cooking your own dried beans is the time they take – but this is just a case of organisation. Make cooking your beans part of your weekly food prep and they’ll be ready to add to your favourite recipes.
This great video from Jo at Clean Eating Magazine provides tips for cooking beans and how to incorporate them into your clean eating menu.
Watch this short video on cooking beans from scratch.