5 Things You Didn’t Know About Red Kidney Beans

1. The fibre, protein and complex carbohydrates in red kidney beans have been shown to help stabilise blood sugar levels and lower blood cholesterol levels in the body.

2. Cooked beans can be frozen for up to six months. Thaw them overnight in the fridge before reheating.

3. Known as a ‘musical fruit’! To prepare beans before cooking, soak the raw beans in water for eight hours or overnight, placing the pan in the refrigerator, so the beans will not ferment.

Presoaking has been found to reduce the oligosaccharides which are the sugars associated with causing flatulence.

4. The name “kidney” bean comes from the shape. They are called “Red Peas” in the Caribbean.

5. Unlike canned vegetables, which have lost much of their nutritional value, there is little difference in the nutritional value of canned kidney beans and those you cook yourself.

So if convenience is for you go for it, enjoy canned red kidney beans, just remember to look for those that do not contain extra salt or additives and are BPA free.

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