We're talking beans, people! Legumes are as nutrient dense as they are cheap, making them a worthwhile addition to your meals. I use them regularly in soups, salsa, salads and even baked goods, like my super yummy not-so-guilty chocolate muffins! You really must try them, they seriously are a big hit anytime I make them. Seriously. Anyway, so beans are good for you. Very good for you. But, they can sometimes be a little hard on your tummy...
To mitigate unpleasant side effects, simply drain and rinse your canned beans. For bagged beans, discard the soaking water and rinse before cooking. I like to cook up a big pot of beans to freeze later, so I also throw out my cooking water. But if you're making soup, just be sure to remove any foam or bubbles that form at the top.
Legumes are low fat, cholesterol free and full of protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals (like calcium and iron). Like I said, very good for you. So please, eat them. Not necessarily at every meal... But, the more you eat the better you'll feel! *B