Eden Organic Mexican Rice & Black Beans are Lundberg organic short grain brown rice and USA small farm grown organic black turtle beans prepared at Eden's certified organic cannery. Beans are soaked overnight, blanched, combined with brown rice and thoroughly cooked in a spicy sauce of organic tomato puree with 100 percent organic vegetables, herbs, spices and a bit of Eden Sea Salt.
With Eden Organic Mexican Rice & Black Beans in your pantry it's easy to make wholesome meals in minutes. Just heat, stir, and serve. Add extras like sweet corn, peppers, and seasonings. For soups and stews, simply add vegetables, water or soup stock, adjust the seasoning and simmer until the vegetables are tender. For a quick burrito spoon onto a tortilla and add salsa. Use any Eden Rice & Beans to make Burgers, directions in the recipe section.
Eden Organic Rice & 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.
FDA added brown rice to its list of Heart Healthy whole grains in May 2008; "Diets rich in whole grain foods and other plant foods and low in total fat, saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk of heart disease and some cancers." The science behind the health claim clearly shows the benefits of whole grain are not from single nutrient components. Eden Organic Mexican Rice & Black Beans are low fat, saturated fat and cholesterol free, and a good source of dietary fiber with 2g soluble fiber. They are rich in folate (B9) with 30% DV (daily value) and a good source of iron, thiamin (B1), magnesium, and zinc.
Scientists at the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center at Tufts University say, "Whole grains help regulate blood sugar by slowing down the conversion of complex carbohydrates into sugar. In fact, low-glycemic index foods such as whole grains reduce hunger and can help to control weight." Scientists at the Agriculture Research Service completed a study of more than 2,000 people concluding, "at least three or more servings of whole grain foods everyday could reduce the chances of developing metabolic syndrome - a condition marked by a combination of abdominal obesity, high blood pressure, poor blood sugar control, low HDL 'good' cholesterol and high blood fats."
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.
"Beans are probably the best human plant food there is," Dr. George L. Hosfield, the leading researcher and a plant breeder at Michigan State University, told Reuters Health. He explained that beans are full of protein and fiber and low in fat. They also contain important vitamins and minerals such as folic acid, iron, potassium, and zinc. "With the additional bonus of their antioxidants, you have almost the perfect food," he said. Beans are loaded with soluble fiber that helps to lower blood cholesterol levels.
Beans are an important source of two essential amino acids not found in cereals, lysine and threonine. In turn, whole grains complement beans and together deliver complete protein. Enjoying a variety of beans with whole grain is a good step toward healthy living.