EDEN Organic Moroccan Rice & Garbanzo Beans are Lundberg organic short grain brown rice and USA small farm organically grown garbanzo beans (chickpeas) prepared at Eden's certified organic cannery. Beans are soaked overnight, blanched, combined with the brown rice and an Eden selected blend of 100% organic herbs and spices, reminiscent of the rich floral flavors of Moroccan cuisine. They are thoroughly cooked with purified water and a bit of EDEN Sea Salt.
With EDEN Organic Moroccan Rice & Garbanzo Beans in your pantry it is easy to make wholesome meals in minutes. Just heat, stir, and serve. Serve with warm pita bread, salad, and a cup of refreshing EDEN Organic Sencha Mint Tea. For quick soups and stews, simply add vegetables, water or soup stock, adjust the seasoning and simmer until the vegetables are tender. Use any EDEN Rice & Beans to make Burgers, directions in the recipe section.
EDEN Organic Beans and EDEN Organic Rice & Beans are packed in cans with a baked-on oleoresinous (a natural mixture of an oil and a resin extracted from various plants, such as pine or balsam fir) c-enamel lining. It does not contain the endocrine disruptor chemical, bisphenol-A. These cans cost 14% more than industry standard cans that do contain bisphenol-A. Eden has been using these cans since 1999. To the best of our knowledge we are the only US manufacturer doing so, having been told this by the Ball Corporation.
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 this health claim clearly shows the benefits of whole grain are not from single nutrient components. EDEN Organic Moroccan Rice & Garbanzo Beans are low fat, saturated fat and cholesterol free, and are a good source of dietary fiber with 3g per serving. They are a good source of iron, folate (B9), and magnesium.
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." 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.