Whole grain and bean combinations are staple food in cultures the world over. Beans are exceptional food, an excellent source of protein, complex carbs, good fat, fiber, vitamins, and minerals. They are cholesterol free, delicious, versatile, and a superb agricultural crop. Plant geneticist George L. Hosfield, Ph.D. told Reuters Health, “Beans are probably the best human plant food there is.” 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. When combined, whole grain and beans are excellent food for people.
Twenty amino acids are protein building blocks. Nine are deemed ‘essential’ because the body does not make them. We must get them from food we eat. Soybeans are complete protein, yet require fermentation or special cooking to unlock their storehouse of protein for people. Plant foods can lack one or more essential amino acids. Non-soybean beans, known as colored beans even though some are black or white, tend to lack the essential amino acids methionine and tryptophan which are abundant in whole grain. Colored beans have lysine, threonine, and isoleucine, which are lacking in most whole grain. Whole grain and beans together are complementary. They provide the complete protein we need in an ideal configuration.
The highly soluble fiber of beans helps regulate blood sugar and lower cholesterol, while the insoluble fiber aids the intestines, controls appetite, and helps with weight management. Whole grain and EDEN beans are a powerful step toward quality of life improvement.
Cream of the Crop Organic
Eden Foods has encouraged chemical free organic bean farming for over 54 years. Authentically organic EDEN Beans come from farmers we know and trust. The salt of the earth network of farmers grow some of the best tasting beans in the world. Practiced tending and decades of organic soil building nourish the beans to their full taste and nutritional potential. EDEN Beans are grown mostly in the Midwest near Eden Foods. Some beans, like chickpeas and lentils, need a drier climate and do not grow near here. Great Plains, California, and Southwest organic farmers supply them. These cream of the organic crop EDEN Dry Beans become award-winning canned EDEN Beans, Chili, and Rice & Beans.
Convenience & Purity
The aroma of a simmering pot of beans brings a soothing comfort into a home. Yet people value convenience more than ever. Eden Foods was certain that the ease of organic EDEN canned beans would be welcome. In 1991, a central Indiana bean cannery with a reputation for ‘the best fill and finish’ in the industry was identified. They accepted EDEN Beans as a project; U.S. organic family grown, no chemicals, soaked overnight, blanched, and thoroughly cooked with a pinch of kombu sea vegetable. A short time later the cannery’s owner (California Bean Growers Association) went bankrupt. Eden Foods took on the ownership of the cannery to protects its supply of prepared canned beans.
EDEN Beans are cooked without FDA allowed chemicals such as calcium chloride to harden the bean skin so they do not fall apart when cooked, and calcium disodium ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA) to hold their color. Vital organic soil and healthy plants that grow EDEN beans result in higher mineral content and the chemicals are not needed. Since EDEN beans do not have untoward ingredients, the water they are cooked and canned in is suitable for cooking.
BPA, BPS, and Phthalate Free
Since April 1999, the cans for EDEN Beans have been BPA, BPS, and phthalate free. This began with an oleoresin c-enamel custom can lining. That lining was usable only for low-acid foods such as beans, but not for high-acid tomatoes. In 2016, Eden expanded its BPA, BPS, and phthalate free cans to include tomatoes and other high acid foods by transitioning to a new can lining. The inside lining of Eden cans today is the safest available and remains BPA, BPS, and phthalate free.
There are seventeen kinds of EDEN Beans • Great Northern • Pinto • Black • Aduki (adzuki) • Chickpeas (Garbanzo) • Navy • Black Eyed Peas • Butter (Baby Lima) • Small Reds • White Kidney (Cannellini) • Dark Red Kidney • Black Soy • Caribbean Black Beans • Lentils w/Onion & Bay Leaf • Baked Beans • Chili Beans • Spicy Pinto Beans in 15, 29, and 108 ounce cans. They are table-ready for meals in minutes. Just heat ‘n serve or use them as a starter for soup, stew, chili, tacos, burritos, barbeque beans, and in a favorite recipe.
EDEN 15 and 29 oz. Beans are very low sodium with no salt added. Keep the pantry stocked with a variety of EDEN Canned Beans. They are a healthy, restorative, high protein dish; great tasting, satisfying, and versatile staples. Dozens of free recipes are at edenfoods.com
A Principled Natural Food Company
What principles? Macrobiotic principles have guided Eden Foods since its beginning in the late 1960s. Understanding and appreciation of them have grown over 54 years. The same principles continue to be used to evaluate and test our thinking for validity.
Translating these principles to dietary preferences leads to a fundamental conclusion that pure whole grain being the majority (at least a significant part) of one’s diet is the goal. That done, most everything else will take care of itself at all levels; personal, mental, physical, emotional, societal, economic, political, spiritual, environmental, and interpersonal.
Improved insight and judgment result.
Transition from commercial American food to a healthy diet based around whole grain is no simple task, but it is a basic necessity to accomplish freedom, harmony, and to nourish intuition. This does require a focused persistence. Considerable experience and knowledge about food, its uses, and benefits are available to help those wishing to make this transition.