Earth Black Turtle Beans (500g)
Why are black beans so popular? The darker a food, the more pigment it has, the higher it's mineral and nutritional content.
The soaking of black beans in water has always found fairly widespread support in food science research as a way of improving overall black bean benefits.
Yet, the discarding of the bean soaking water has been a topic of considerable controversy.
A recent study that may help put this controversy to rest looked at many different advantages and disadvantages of tossing out the water used to soak beans. It found that the advantages clearly outweigh the disadvantages. On the advantage side of things, getting rid of the soaking water also means getting rid of some of the phytates and tannins that can lower nutrient availability. It also means reducing flatulence-related substances like raffinose (up to 33% removed along with the soaking water) and stachyose (up to 20% removed). A final advantage was the retention of resistant starch. While some of the total carbohydrate content in the black beans was lost along with the discarding of the soaking water, the amount of resistant starch remained unchanged. (Resistant starch is a type of carb that will typically make its way all the way down to the large intestine without being digested. Once it arrives in the large intestine, it can help support the growth of desirable bacteria in that area of the digestive tract.)
On the disadvantage side of things was that 15% of total phenols were lost, we actually don't think that that is an amount that is of concern. There was a slight loss of some additional phytonutrients as well as minerals. When adding up all of their findings, the researchers concluded that the many advantages of discarding bean soaking water clearly outweighed the disadvantages and then made this recommendation a firm part of their research conclusions.
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Ingredients Black Turtle Beans Product features Dairy Free, Egg Free, Gluten Free, Lactose Free, Vegan, Vegetarian, Wheat Free Brand Earth Products Egg Free Yes Dairy Free Yes Lactose Free Yes Gluten Free Yes Wheat Free Yes Vegan Yes Vegetarian Yes