EDEN Organic Chili Beans with Jalapeno and Chili Peppers are dark red kidney beans with red and green chili peppers, organic tomato puree, a bit of our finest shoyu soy sauce, and organic herbs and organic spices. The beans are soaked overnight and expertly cooked with purified water and our carefully selected organic seasonings at our certified organic, circle k kosher cannery.
EDEN Organic Beans are packed in steel cans coated with a baked on oleoresinous c-enamel that does not contain the endocrine disrupter chemical, bisphenol-A (BPA). Oleoresin is a natural mixture of an oil and a resin extracted from various plants, such as pine or balsam fir. These cans cost 14% more than the industry standard cans that do contain BPA. The can maker, Ball Corporation, tells us that Eden is the only U.S. food maker to date to use these BPA free cans and we have been since April 1999.
These kidney beans are selected at the farm from our dedicated network of USA organic family growers. The growers' constant care and vital organic soil produce the world's most appealing and nutritious food.
Kidney beans Phaseolus vulgaris are named for their kidney shape. There are different types ranging from white, light red, to dark red. These are the deepest red and large. Kidneys are native to North America and one of the most popular beans here.
For the third time in 2004 EDEN Organic Beans received the highest rating for flavor and nourishment in exhaustive comparison studies of canned beans by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) in their Nutrition Action Healthletter. EDEN Organic Refried Beans were named 'Best Buy' and number one for nutrition among 38 brands with salt added. In 2004 EDEN beans were rated as favorites by Men's Health and Child Magazine. In the June 2006 article "125 Best Foods for Men," Men's Health again rated EDEN Beans as the best beans for having great flavor, being heart healthy, promoting weight loss and offering "The highest fiber with the least amount of sodium" among all other brands.
According to the FDA, "Low fat diets rich in fiber-containing grain products, fruits, and vegetables may reduce the risk of some types of cancer, a disease associated with many factors." EDEN Organic Chili Beans are an excellent source of dietary fiber, 28 percent daily value per serving. They are also saturated fat and cholesterol free, an excellent source of zinc (40 percent daily value), and a good source of potassium, protein, iron, riboflavin (B1), phosphorus, and magnesium.
Most seasoned beans contain refined sugar, harsh salt, chemical processing aids, preservatives and meat products. Commercial canners put chemicals in with beans to harden the skins so that they won't fall apart in the can as they cook. They also add a chemical to hold the color. Eden organic beans come out perfect with none of these additives. Because of the vital soil that produces them, their much higher mineral content and stronger skins allow them to be cooked without need of processing chemicals, and their vibrant colors hold fast. Our cannery, Meridian Foods located in East central Indiana, has a long standing reputation for putting out cooked canned beans of a better quality, fill, and finish than any other cannery in the United States.
Studies show beans contain a wealth of antioxidants similar to those in fruits and berries. "Beans are really loaded with antioxidant compounds," said Clifford Beninger, Ph.D., an environmental biologist and former researcher for the USDA's Bean Research Unit. "We didn't know how potent they were until now. In general darker colored seed coats were associated with higher levels of flavonoids, and therefore higher antioxidant activity." Researchers tested the antioxidant activity of flavonoids found in 12 common varieties of dry beans. They found one class of compounds in particular, anthocyanins, were the most active antioxidants in beans. These findings add antioxidant activity to a growing list of healthy compounds found in beans and legumes. The study was published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.
EDEN Organic Chili Beans are ready to eat as is or heat and serve. They also make an excellent starter for homemade chili. Great in enchiladas, burritos, tortillas and spicy taco soup. Try mashing the beans and making spicy refried beans or bean dips.