Today I decided to measure and weigh the beans in a can of black beans. The label says 40 % reduced sodium. (I always buy low or no added salt when I can find it.) It also says contents are equal to approx 3 1/2 servings of 1/2 cup each. Each serving is to be 130 grams. So I dumped the beans into the strainer, rinsed them well and began to measure.
The 1/2 cup serving was no where NEAR 130 grams. The can did not contain 1 3/4 cup of beans. It barely made the 1 1/2 cup.
Spark says if you drain and rinse well, you will reduce the sodium by approx. 40%. All the recipes I've ever read say drain and rinse the beans before you put them into your dish. So, if the measure is off, and the weight is off, I can only assume the nutrition label is telling me what I would consume if I used the sludge in the bottom of the can and the syrup surrounding the beans. To me, that is no help at all. I've asked several nutritionists, and they all say the same thing: I have no idea what the nutritional value is when the beans are drained and rinsed.
So, Spark Friends, what do you think of this situation?