Hit the Mexican Grill to Reap the Benefits of Beans
Beans, beans, the magical fruit, the more you eat, the better balanced your blood sugar levels are! Okay, that’s not how the ditty goes. But it’s a much better side effect to eating beans (and also more sociable—especially when you’re sitting down to dinner with your family at the Mexican grill).
Our made-from scratch black beans and pinto beans are one hundred percent vegetarian. They’re seasoned to perfection with fresh garlic, onions, bell peppers, and our secret Mexican spice blend. Then, they’re slow-cooked until they’re perfectly tender, and ready to pack a flavor—and nutrition—punch.
Those delicious beans inside your burrito, or heaped up temptingly alongside your tacos provide a dizzying array of health groups. And, like just like you, they can’t be pinned down to a single awesome definition. They actually fit into several different food groups: They’re rich in complex carbs like breads and starches, but as a plant-based food, they offer up a buffet of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. But it doesn’t stop there! They’re also a major source of protein, but unlike other proteins they’ve got little to no fat AND are cholesterol-free. Actually, unlike most animal proteins, beans lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
But it doesn’t stop there--beans are great for your heart since they contain a ton of soluble fiber, which also has been shown to lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Canned beans do have a lot of sodium, which you can reduce by rinsing them with water. (Our beans, however, are fresh and made-from-scratch.) That’s one of the reasons that nutritionists recommend that adults consume 3 cups of beans per week to reduce the risk of chronic diseases, like cancer.
Plus, with the blend of complex carbohydrates and protein beans have a low glycemic index and are slow-digesting. And that helps to keep your blood glucose stable (as per our helpful rhyme above), which can help curtail fatigue and irritability.
And even more! Beyond all the protein, complex carbs and fiber, beans also pack an astonishing number of nutrients including antioxidants, and vitamins and minerals, such as copper, folate, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, potassium and zinc—nutrients that most people are lacking in their diets.
Are you still not convinced? Maybe the Dietary Guidelines for Americans can help you make a final decision: they say it’s vital to move our focus from animal to plant proteins to maximize health. A 1/2 cup of beans provides 7 grams of protein, which is the same amount as in single ounce of chicken, meat or fish.
So at dinner tonight, let us help you boost your health across the board with our perfectly seasoned, deliciously tender beans that will round out your mouth-watering Mexican restaurant meal.