EDEN Organic Caribbean Black Beans Phaseolus vulgaris are organically grown in nutrient rich vital soil on USA family farms committed to a clean environment and nutritious, appealing food. At Eden's certified organic, circle K kosher cannery the beans are washed, soaked overnight and cooked with purified water, organic dried onion, organic paprika, organic cayenne pepper, organic cumin, organic garlic powder, organic cinnamon, organic black pepper, and a bit of EDEN sea salt.
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.
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, "Diets containing foods that are a good source of potassium and that are low in sodium may reduce the risk of high blood pressure and stroke," "Low fat diets rich in fruits and vegetables (foods that are low in fat and may contain dietary fiber, Vitamin A, or Vitamin C) may reduce the risk of some types of cancer, a disease associated with many factors," and "Diets low in sodium may reduce the risk of hypertension or high blood pressure, a disease associated with many factors." EDEN Organic Caribbean Black Beans are a good source of potassium, low sodium, low fat, saturated fat free, cholesterol free, an excellent source of dietary fiber, and a good source of high quality vegetable protein, thiamin (B1) and riboflavin (B2), iron, phosphorus, and magnesium.
Beans are an important source of two essential amino acids not found in cereals, lysine and threonine. Whole grains complement beans and together deliver complete protein. Enjoying a variety of EDEN Beans in combination with whole grain is a solid step toward healthy living.
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 Caribbean Black Beans' flavor is rich and mildly spicy with a subtle sweetness. Ready to eat, just heat and serve with cooked organic rice for a special Caribbean meal. You can use them to make soups, bean dips, and salsas too.