Health Benefits of Pinto Beans

Jun 10, 2017

Pinto Bean Health Benefits

Simple and affordable, pinto beans are densely packed with nutrients that benefit the body in many ways. Preventing disease with good nutrition is better than treating it with medication. And even if you are already struggling with a health problem, pinto beans may be something to include your diet to let your food be your medicine.

Nutrients in Pinto Beans

One cup of cooked pinto beans contains a significant amount of your daily need for fiber, protein, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, manganese, copper, iron, molybdenum, folate, and B1 and B6.

Nutritional deficiencies are a common reason for disease. Eating foods high in nutrients help combat disease by preventing the deficiencies that contribute to them.

1. Heart Disease

The cholesterol reducing fiber, the magnesium, and potassium in pinto beans all contribute to heart health. According to one study, daily consumption of ½ cup of cooked pinto beans appears to reduce the risk of heart disease.1

2. Digestion

Dietary fiber deficiency contributes to constipation. Eating pinto beans and other legumes can reduce constipation. Molybdenum is a co-factor in the breakdown of carbohydrates. Pinto beans are quite high in the necessary trace element of molybdenum.

While some steer clear of beans because they can cause gas and bloating, proper cooking of beans reduces this risk. Activated charcoal tablets or digestive enzymes may also make it easier for those sensitive to beans to eat them more freely without side effects.

3. Diabetes

According to the American Diabetic Association beans are among ten superfoods for diabetics.2

Pinto beans are low on the glycemic index. They can help you to feel full without spiking blood sugar.

4. Weight Loss

Because pinto beans help you to feel full without a lot of calories, they are a good addition to a diet to promote weight loss. Adding some cayenne pepper or hot sauce to your pinto beans boosts their weight loss potential, as hot peppers can help to increase your metabolism.

5. Anxiety

An interesting study3 reported that pregnant women who consumed a traditional Brazilian diet of beans and rice or a healthy diet of fruits, vegetables, fish and tea experienced less pregnancy and postpartum anxiety than those who consumed a diet of processed foods. Of course this is logical. Processed foods lack nutrients and are more likely to cause blood sugar highs and lows, both of which can contribute to mental health problems.

Additionally, popular diets that are very high in animal proteins can give women in particular too many extra hormones (even organic meats contain hormones, because all animals have hormones) making hormonal imbalances more common. Hormonal imbalances can definitely affect anxiety levels for the worse.

Pinto beans are a great addition to a healthy diet that promotes physical and mental health.

How to Eat Pinto Beans

If the thought of eating a half a cup of pinto beans every day makes you want to weep, take heart. There are many wonderful ways to consume pinto beans!

Pinto Bean Salad

  • 1 cup pinto beans
  • 1 T. chopped red onion
  • 1 T. chopped cilantro
  • 1 T. olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar or balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon chili powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Refried Pinto Beans

  • 1 cup juicy pinto beans
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ Tablespoon butter or coconut oil
  • Mash together

 Pinto beans can be added to vegetable soup, used as a base for vegetarian chili or eaten with rice wrapped in a lettuce leaf or tortilla.

Proper Cooking of Pinto Beans

Cooking your dried pinto beans properly reduces the risk of gas and bloating from pinto bean consumption.

A bag of inexpensive dry beans is quite easy to prepare, it just takes time. For best results, soak the dry beans in ample water as the beans will double in size as they absorb the water. Allow the beans to soak for 12-24 hours. Drain and rinse the soaked beans. Add fresh water to cover, plus a little more. Simmer them on the stove for several hours or until they are of the desired consistency.  The longer you cook them, the softer they get. You can cook them in a crock pot all day or overnight. (Low for 9-11 hours)

You can also used canned pinto beans. Look for canned pinto beans that do not have any added ingredients other than salt. You can rinse the canned beans and use them for a pinto bean salad. Or heat them up and serve them with chips and salsa and sliced avocado.

Sources:

1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17634169
2. http://www.diabetes.org/food-and-fitness/food/what-can-i-eat/making-healthy-food-choices/diabetes-superfoods.html
3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25769749



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Posted by Mama To Many (Tn) on 06/10/2017
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I have been eating pinto beans regularly for years and love them. My daughter loves them and will even eat them for breakfast!

Recently I learned that I can make refried beans in the Vitamix. Oh my. Amazing. Even my reluctant bean eaters LOVE these! We put them in burritos, serve them with chips, eat them on the side of Tex Mex meals, or just have some plain as a snack. They go great with shredded cheese, salsa, fresh cilantro and sour cream.

Vitamix Refried Beans

4 cups pintos with their liquid (I make my own from dried, but you could use canned.) The liquid should just cover the beans in the blender. Add more liquid if needed and then cook them down a bit if they are too thin. They also thicken up if you stick them back in the fridge and eat them later.

  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 T. butter or coconut oil (bacon grease for southerners)

Blend until smooth.

These freeze beautifully.

Enjoy!

~Mama to Many~