Are Canned Or Dried Beans Better For You?

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How To Get Your Protein

Gals, we know we talk about this a lot. Protein. You need it with every meal. Beans are a great source of not only protein but fiber, folate, plant iron, vitamin B1, and minerals such as magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and copper, and are naturally low in sodium. Plus, they’re cheap!

According to this piece on Care2.com, though canned beans are still inexpensive, they cost about three times more than dried beans — but since dried beans can take hours to cook, many families opt for the more convenient choice. But the sodium content of canned beans can be 100 times that of cooked! You can drain and rinse the canned beans to get rid of about half the sodium, but you’re also draining and rinsing away some of the nutrition.

So! If you can, prepare dried beans. And if you do buy canned beans, get the no-salt-added varieties, and keep the bean juice.

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