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RUSSELL_40 Posts: 16,826
5/22/14 1:43 P


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5/22/14 6:24 A

I eat beans most days, black beans, and sometimes lentils or kidney beans, about 1/4 or 1/2 cup. The only time I have baked beans is a couple times a year at BarBQs, and that's when I rinse them. They still taste like baked beans because the sauce is baked into the beans, but not as much sugar because of the rinsing. I don't usually get a big spike, because I don't eat a large portion.

RUSSELL_40 Posts: 16,826
5/21/14 9:55 A

I tend to either cook my own of Great Northern beans, or buy kidney beans from Kuner's ( no added salt ) in a can.

Baked beans have the sauce, and as a diabetic it spikes my blood sugar. Even after you rinse them, the beans have absorbed some of that. Beans are delicious by themselves, and once you put them into a dish, they absorb some of the flavor of what you cook them in. If I were rating beans, I would have to say that baked beans have to be the worst kind.

I would limit baked beans to special occasions, like maybe the 4th of July, and explore the many other kinds of beans available, without sauces. Try them in multiple dishes to see what combos you love. As a diabetic, you can still have most beans in smaller quantities, and stay below 110 mg/dl ( depending on the rest of the dish ). I just wouldn't test my blood sugars on the 4th of, while enjoying the baked beans.

If you only like the baked beans, or find yourself wanting them all the time, you may just like the sugary sauce, or the sugar that got absorbed while in the can. I would test your blood sugars after eating the rinsed beans, and see if you still have stable blood sugar. Despite my misgivings, if you have normal blood sugars after eating the beans, maybe it is working for you, but I think you will find that even rinsed, the baked beans spike your blood sugars. You can eat other beans with less of a spike. especially if you cook them yourself.

I tend to have to limit my beans to 1/2 a cup a serving, after cooking. What you include the beans in matters also. I tend to add beans, mushrooms, and tomato, to ground beef, so I keep the carbs low, and therefore my blood sugars low. Let the meter decide for you. If the blood sugars go over 120, then there is a problem. Otherwise, enjoy the beans.

5/21/14 7:44 A

EMSR2D2 - I use dry bulk navy beans to make my baked beans. I decide what ingredients go into it. Low sugar and salt for sure.

Edited by: JUSTEATREALFOOD at: 5/21/2014 (07:46)
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5/21/14 7:38 A

EMSR2D2, Most of the time I'm serving the baked beans to my family, and rinsing the sauce off my portion.

I know a woman from UK from another diet forum, and she eats Heinz beans often, as they are only in tomato sauce. Heinz beans here are not the same, but I do know of one store at least who sell the same Heinz beans that are sold in UK, but they cost a lot more than our regular canned baked beans.

5/20/14 11:06 P

i found frozen beans in the veggie isle of my super market. they are much nicer than canned. they dont add sugar or salt to the frozen ones i think. double check your packaging for added ingredients i dont remember the brand but mine were only beans. canned foods sometimes add in stuff

ATHENA1966 Posts: 3,976
5/20/14 8:31 P

I so love beans. There was something I read on one of the diet and nutrition board about beans being bad for you. I just remember that it didn't make sense to me. Beans are good for us in many ways. I think I will eat some beans tonight.

QUEEN-EYDIE Posts: 12,484
5/20/14 7:38 P

I never met a bean I didn't love. Seriously, I love beans of all kinds! I wouldn't even know where to start... emoticon

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EMSR2D2 Posts: 1,394
5/20/14 3:52 P

If you're buying canned baked beans and then rinsing them, you must be throwing quite a lot of money down the drain! I can totally understand why you want to avoid the sugars which usually appear in the tomato sauce but surely it would be cheaper for you to just buy haricot beans and cook them yourself, and then just put them in a plain tomato sauce which has no sugar.

Here in the UK, there are plenty of companies making canned baked beans with no added sugar or salt.

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5/20/14 3:19 P

I like lentils too, but I seem to get more gas pain from them than from other beans, like black beans.

The way I started eating lentils is we had some canned lentil soup. I drained and rinsed it and just ate the beans. They were good, and they still had a bit of the flavor from the soup. I also do that with baked beans...rinse them. Since I am diabetic I don't want to be eating all the sugary sauce, but even after rinsing you still get some of the flavor.

5/20/14 7:53 A

I usually avoid beans unless I've prepared them myself because they cause me uncomfortable gas and bloating if not cooked very, very well. Soaked & rinsed, boiled for 1 hour & rinsed, then boiled for another 6-8 hours. I make a massive batch of baked beans every other month or so and freeze small portions for meals.

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5/20/14 1:02 A

I too love all things beans but since they are both carb and protein which the body digests at different rates, yes do they cause gas. I've eaten them for years and still have the aftereffect but it doesn't stop me from fluffing the sheets.

Do one of you Southerners have a recipe for white beans baked with Caro syrup? A lady that was both housekeeper to my family and occasional babysitter when I was young used to make them in a big Pyrex bowl and I loved them. Not quite as sweet as Boston style baked beans nor as dark but very good.

I eat black beans with salsa, Navy bean soup with ham hock, refried beans with everything especially cheese, and beanie weenies makes a good lunch or dinner treat. I will cook from dried state or use the canned ones - depends on what time of day I get in the mood for them, and if it's just me or the hubby wants some too. Have to say I could eat them most every day in some form or another. Also like hummus (when heavily seasoned) and lentils but frankly whole chickpeas I could take or leave.

MRSBENNETT2 Posts: 1,621
5/19/14 11:57 P

One thing I discovered recently is if you rinse canned beans really well and then add to the recipe, it seems to cut down on the gassiness.

EELPIE Posts: 2,700
5/19/14 8:27 P

lol @ ALGEBRAGIRL .... have you bourne witness to my unending love of lentils??


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5/19/14 7:45 P

I'm happy to find so many other bean lovers!

I would love to live in the deep south because all that southern cooking sounds so good!

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5/19/14 3:16 P

Being from the Deep South, beans are a staple nearly from birth. I love black-eye peas with diced jalapeno, navy beans with onion, and white acre peas.

5/19/14 2:06 P

I love beans of all kinds. It's a shame they have a reputation for their infamous side-effect, because when you get used to a higher-fiber diet, that doesn't happen.

ALGEBRAGIRL Posts: 1,925
5/19/14 12:45 P

If you cook dry lentils, after rinsing them, it makes quite a lot of lentils. Drain the liquid well and then pulse in a blender with olive oil and other spices (I like garlic and salt). It's like hummus. It's high in fiber, you control the salt, you control the oil. If you pulse it with some toasted walnuts, I imagine it'd be delicious, although more caloric.

EMSR2D2 Posts: 1,394
5/19/14 12:10 P

I can't imagine life without beans, pulses and legumes. I've been vegetarian for 23 years and rarely does a day go by that I don't have some kind of beans. No famous side effects for me, either. Perhaps because I've been eating them so regularly for so long but I don't ever recall them having that effect on me.

Did you know that asafoetida negates the "windy" side effects?

RUSSELL_40 Posts: 16,826
5/19/14 10:53 A

I buy No Salt beans from Kuner's. You can divvy up the cans into single serve, and freeze them. I tend to eat mine in Sunday chilis. I've never had a problem with beans.Adds fiber, and is a great non-meat source of protein.

MARTHA324 Posts: 5,947
5/19/14 10:44 A

I keep Rienzi beans in the panty mainly because they are low salt. Today have added 3/4 cup to my salad that has mixed greens, onions, tomatoes, peppers, zucchini, fat free feta cheese, and I'll add an egg at the end. With a whole wheat sandwich thin I'll be set!

Personally I didn't have a problem with beans (lucky me) and you are smart to make them from scratch. Beans can be added to almost anything for the fiber and protein boost.

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5/19/14 7:38 A

Another friend gave me this recipe for refried beans that are lower fat than store bought. Canned beans can be used, and they are just about as good as the dried. I use canned because I make smaller quantities.

Refried Beans

1 lb dried pinto beans, rinsed and picked over
1 c chopped onion
2 tsp chopped garlic
1 tbsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper

Put beans in pot or bowl, cover with water by 2 inches, soak 6 hours or overnight. Drain and rinse. Put in slow cooker. Add onion, garlic and enough water to cover by 1 inch. Cook on low 6-8 hrs. Drain, leaving a small amt of water. Season with salt and pepper. Mash. To get a smoother consistency use an immersion blender with a little more water left in pot. (if freezing, let cool and chill in fridge to bring temp down. Then freeze in 2 cup increments, the size of canned beans). Can be thawed or reheated from frozen. (You could cut recipe in half if you didn't want as much)

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5/19/14 7:34 A

Beans are another very healthy food that sometimes gets neglected. They have a bad reputation because of the after-effects. LOL I started adding them to my diet around the same time as I added the kale. You have to start very slow with them or you'll get a lot of gastric distress. Since I'm the only one eating them, I don't use the dried beans, although they are the healthiest. I buy them canned. I rinse and drain them then freeze portions of them in snack size bags, which then are all placed in a bigger freezer bag. When I want them I take out a bag and they defrost quickly. I add some to scrambled eggs in the morning, add some to my kale at lunch time, put them in soups and salads. If you start out slow your body gets used to all the fiber.

I also started making my own hummus with chick peas. It's easy and cheap and you can better control the ingredients when you make your own. I recently saw this recipe for Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Hummus, to eat with apple slices or bananas, or pretty much any way you eat peanut butter, on crackers or bread. It is lower calorie and fat than peanut butter but has the benefit of the fiber from the chick peas. (garbanzo beans.)

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