All my life, I thought a bean was a bean was a bean. Boy was I wrong!
As a child, we sang that nursery rhyme…beans, beans the musical fruit. Let’s talk about Legumes, when I was a child I ate green beans, maybe some wax beans, but I don’t remember them ever really making me toot! I know others who have had this kind of reaction to beans. I don’t remember ever eating black beans, navy beans, kidney beans, garbanzo beans…..etc. as a child but as I have grown up I have grown a liking to them. Did you know that the word Legume is a broad term for the group of plants whose fruits were enclosed in a pod. There are more than 13,000 kinds of legumes.
I must admit, this has to be one of the hardest adjustments I have made going plant strong. I am not really a “bean” eater. Although I am learning to not only eat them, but I kind of like them, too!! Beans are just almost a perfect food. They are high in fiber, calcium, iron and they contain a great source of protein. When you combine legumes with some form of whole grain…buck wheat, millet, quinoa, brown rice…you will be giving yourself a complete meal with tons of amino acids. Those who do have the “gassy” reaction…if you increase your consumption of legumes, in the beginning, you may have that feeling…but continue eating them more often and that reaction will subside and your body will be used to them~and be happy!!!
This recipe if from Rip Esselstyn’s Engine 2 Diet. Black beans and rice….so yummy!!!! In fact, I think it is time for me to make this again! Another great website to get some fantastic recipes is Vegweb.com.