EDEN Organic Pinto Beans Phaseolus vulgaris are organically grown in nutrient rich vital soil on USA family farms committed to a clean environment and the most nutritious, appealing food. At Eden's certified organic kosher cannery the beans are soaked overnight and expertly cooked with purified water, a bit of our finest sea salt, and kombu sea vegetable which naturally enhances their flavor.
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.
In 1999 EDEN Organic Beans received the highest ranking, for the second time, in comparisons of brands by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) in their Nutrition Action Healthletter. Every flavor of EDEN Beans was recognized as having superior nutrition including fiber and sodium, and the authors gave a special mention to Eden's "delicious … healthy seasoned beans that you can eat straight out of the can." Again, in 2004 EDEN Organic Beans received the highest ranking for flavor and nourishment in exhaustive comparison studies of canned beans in the Nutrition Action Healthletter, rating EDEN Organic Refried Beans as 'Best Buy' and number one for nutrition among 38 brands with salt added. CSPI's expert panel consistently praised EDEN's great flavor, high fiber, low fat, and low sodium. In 2004 our beans were rated favorites by the world's largest men's magazine, Men's Health and Child Magazine. For the second time in the June 2006 article "125 Best Foods for Men," Men's Health 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 high blood pressure, a disease associated with many factors." EDEN Organic Pinto Beans are low fat, an excellent source of dietary fiber, a good source of potassium, and low sodium. They are also a good source of protein, iron, phosphorus, and magnesium.
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 Pinto Beans contain no chemical 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.
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 beans in combination with whole grain is a good step toward healthy living.
EDEN Organic Pinto Beans are a delicious all purpose American bean for Mexican food in burritos, tostadas, tacos, bean dip ... and an essential ingredient in Tamale Pie in our free recipe section.