Eden Pinto Bean & Spelt Chili is Michigan organic pinto beans, whole grain spelt wheat, and vegetables from farmers we know and trust. Their diligent care and vital soil produce pure vibrant food.
Pinto beans are purified water washed, soaked overnight, steam blanched and expertly cooked with organic spelt wheat, Japanese maitake mushrooms, and organic vegetables. They are canned in a savory sauce of organic tomato puree seasoned with a bit of Eden Sea Salt and an Eden selected blend of organic chili spices. Whole grain spelt and maitake mushrooms lend a full texture that chili lovers desire. Our certified organic kosher cannery, Meridian Foods in east central Indiana, has a long standing reputation for producing cooked canned beans of the finest fill and finish.
Eden Chilies 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 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.
Eden Chilies are unique. Most brands contain meat or textured vegetable protein (TVP) that is chemically extracted from genetically engineered soybeans. Eden Pinto Bean & Spelt Chili combines beans and whole grain. Beans are an important source of two essential amino acids not found in most grain, lysine and threonine. Whole grains complement beans delivering complete protein. Enjoying a variety of whole grain and beans is a solid step toward healthy living.
The FDA says, "Diets low in saturated fat and cholesterol and rich in fruits, vegetables, and grain products that contain some type of dietary fiber, particularly soluble fiber, may reduce the risk of heart disease, a disease associated with many factors." Also, "Low fat diets rich in fiber-containing grain products, fruits, and vegetables may reduce the risk of some types of cancers, a disease associated with many factors." Eden Pinto Bean & Spelt Chili offers whole grain and beans, is low fat, saturated fat and cholesterol free; rich in fiber, protein, iron, magnesium, and zinc; and a good source of potassium, riboflavin B2, niacin B3, B6, and folate B9. It contains 50 percent less sodium than other brands, plus it's Eden sea salt.
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.
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." 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 Pinto Bean & Spelt Chili is ready to eat, just heat and serve with corn bread, polenta, whole grain crackers, or organic corn chips. Make quick burritos, tacos, nachos, enchiladas, and dips. A wholesome meal is minutes from your pantry.