Are Canned Beans Healthy?
Unfortunately, canned beans are often full of sodium – about 500 milligrams per half-cup serving. It would be real tough to stay within the American Heart Association and Pritikin Eating Plan’s guidelines of no more than 1,500 milligrams of sodium for the entire day if you were blowing one-third of your quota on one small half-cup of salted beans. So look for no-salt-added varieties. Hearteningly, there are many brands now in supermarkets, including Del Monte, Eden Organic, Goya, 365, and many store brands. Read the Ingredient List to see if sodium or salt has been added. Read the Nutrition Facts label to see how much sodium, per serving, the beans contain. And do keep eating your beans, also called legumes, such as garbanzos (chickpeas), pintos, black beans, red beans, lentils, soybeans, and split peas. They are a super-rich source of nutrition, notably cholesterol-lowering fiber. Cheerios vs beans On TV commercials, you’ve likely heard that Cheerios’ fiber “can help lower cholesterol.” But what these commercials don’t tell you is that you’d need to eat 3 cups of Cheerios each day to get any cholesterol-lowering effect. Per cup, Cheerios has 2.6 grams of fiber. Per Continue reading >>