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Pick a Veggie - "B"

Okay, we got a bit off track here, and I've been away, so haven't been able to keep up.......

We did our veggie for "A" - well, only one, but we'll move on.  Who can pick a veggie beginning with the letter "B"?   I'm going to pick "beans".

Beans come in a huge variety, ranging from green beans (unripe), to black beans, northern beans, garbonzo, as well as many more.  Beans have significant amounts of fiber and soluble fiber, with one cup of cooked beans providing between nine to 13 grams of fiber. Soluble fiber can help lower blood cholesterol.  Beans are also high in protein, complex carbohydrates, folate, and iron.  

Since beans contain complex carbohydrates, they tend to break down slower than simple carbs, like refined sugar or flour; therefore, they keep you feeling fuller longer, and won't spike the blood sugar.  

Beans are also often called legumes.  
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Here's an interesting little tidbit I found on Wikepedia regarding beans........

"Many edible beans, including broad beans and soybeans, contain oligosaccharides (particularly raffinose and stachyose), a type of sugar molecule also found in cabbage. An anti-oligosaccharide enzyme is necessary to properly digest these sugar molecules. As a normal human digestive tract does not contain any anti-oligosaccharide enzymes, consumed oligosaccharides are typically digested by bacteria in the large intestine. This digestion process produces flatulence-causing gases as a byproduct.[11][12] This aspect of bean digestion is the basis for the children's rhyme "Beans, Beans, the Musical Fruit".

Some species of mold produce alpha-galactosidase, an anti-oligosaccharide enzyme, which humans can take to facilitate digestion of oligosaccharides in the small intestine. This enzyme, currently sold in the United States under the brand-name Beano, can be added to food or consumed separately. In many cuisines beans are cooked along with natural carminatives such as anise seeds, coriander seeds and cumin.

Other strategies include soaking beans in water for several hours before mixing them with other ingredients to remove the offending sugars. Sometimes vinegar is added, but only after the beans are cooked as vinegar interferes with the beans' softening.

Fermented beans will usually not produce most of the intestinal problems that unfermented beans will, since yeast can consume the offending sugars."
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There are as many ways to prepare beans, as there are types of beans.  

Okay -- who's next?  We're looking for as many veggies that start with the letter "B" as we can come up with.



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