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Description:This image depicts a close-up view of a variety of dried beans that had been assembled in a mixed pile, which had been set atop an orange table. Members of this assortment include lima beans, kidney beans, red beans, pinto beans, cranberry beans, and green peas.
Beans alone are not complete proteins, but combined with a grain are as complete as a meal. So it is important to eat beans with other grain products.

Legumes may cause intestinal discomfort. You can minimize this effect by changing the soaking water several times when you prepare dried beans, or switching to canned beans. When canned, some of the gas-producing substances are eliminated. Be sure to rinse the beans well to wash off excess salt. Another option is Beano, which contains an enzyme that breaks down gas-producing substances in the beans.

As you include more beans into your meals, it's important to drink adequate fluids and exercise regularly so that your gastrointestinal system can handle the increased dietary fiber.

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Content Providers(s):CDC/ Debora Cartagena
Creation Date:2012
Photo Credit:Debora Cartagena
Links:CDC – Fruit & Vegetable of the Month: Beans
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