Storing & Preparing Beans to Support Digestion

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Beans are an excellent way to add high-quality, plant-based protein to your diet. They are high in iron, B vitamins and fiber, and quite versatile. Some folks have difficulty digesting beans. They may develop gas, bloating, or even experience irritability or unclear thinking.  Most often these issues arise when the beans have not been stored and prepared properly. Dry beans stay fresh longer when kept in a cool, dark place (rather than on the countertop).  It’s important to avoid using beans that are more than a year old, as their nutrient content and digestibility tend to be much lower. Old beans won’t soften, even with thorough cooking. Dried beans purchased in the bulk section are a budget-friendly addition to your … KEEP READING…

Good for You Grains

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Whole grains such as brown rice, quinoa, oats, millet, amaranth, barley, wild rice, wheat berries and buckwheat have been a central element to the human diet since early civilization and are an excellent source of nutrition. When grains are unrefined they contain essential enzymes, protein, complex carbohydrates, iron, dietary fiber, and vitamins. They provide sustained, high-quality energy and strengthen the body. Grains contain phytic acid which can interfere with the absorption of essential nutrients. To remove, soak grains for 1-12 hours. The longer they’re soaked the more nutritious and digestible they become. They’ll also cook more quickly.  After soaking grains, drain and rinse. The phytic acid will be washed away. Be sure to cook them in fresh water. To infuse … KEEP READING…