Beans have been consumed throughout the world for thousands of years.
They come in hundreds of shapes sizes and colours, are versatile and amazingly convenient because they can be dried and stored for years.
Soaking beans for a couple of hours brings them back to life, activating enzymes, proteins, minerals and vitamins.
Beans can be eaten raw, sprouted or cooked, ground into our, curdled into tofu, fermented into soya sauce, tempi and miso. They are excellent in chilis, soups and salads.
The benefits of using beans on a daily basis have recently been promoted because studies show beans help to reduce cholesterol while providing excellent nutrition. When combined with nuts, seeds or grains, they form a complete high fiber vegetable protein.
Most beans contain only 2-3% fat. Beans are the perfect food for a fat-restricted diet. Beans contain no cholesterol, and they can help lower your cholesterol level because they are one of the richest sources of fiber! Most beans contain at least 20% protein and are high in carbohydrates which provides long-lasting energy.
Now you know why institutions like schools and prisons never miss beans on their menu.