The ingredients in Eden Organic Rice & Kidney Beans are certified organically grown in nutrient rich vital soil on USA family farms by those committed to cleansing the environment and growing the most nutritious, safe food. The only cooked and canned organic dark red kidney bean and organic short grain brown rice in this hemisphere.
At Eden's certified organic kosher cannery, organic dark red kidney beans are soaked overnight and blanched. The beans are combined with organic short grain brown rice, organic onions, organic garlic powder, a bit of mineral rich Eden Sea Salt and organic 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."
According to the FDA, "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," "Low fat diets rich in fiber-containing grain products, fruits, and vegetables 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 hypertension or high blood pressure, a disease associated with many factors." Eden Rice & Kidney Beans are a good source of dietary fiber, low fat, saturated fat free, cholesterol free, and low sodium. They are also a good source of 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.
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. A great filling for burritos topped with salsa.