The ingredients in Eden Organic Rice & Chick Peas Beans are certified organically grown in nutrient rich vital soil, on U.S.A. family farms by those committed to cleansing the environment and growing the most nutritious, safe food. Made with Eden organic chick peas (garbanzo beans) and Lundberg organic short grain whole brown rice.
At Eden's certified organic kosher cannery, organic chick peas beans are soaked overnight and blanched. The beans are combined with organic short grain brown rice, organic onion, organic garlic, a bit of mineral rich Eden Sea Salt, and dried parsley, then expertly cooked with purified water.
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.
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."
Eden Rice & Chick Peas are a good source of folate (B9), phosphorus, and magnesium. They are low fat, saturated fat free, cholesterol free, and low sodium.
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." 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 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 eating.
Just heat, stir, and serve. For soups and stews simply add a variety of fresh vegetables, water or stock, adjust the seasoning if desired, and simmer until the vegetables are tender.,/p>