Home cooked beans Vs. Bought baked beans
If you like beans, I would recommend that you eat home-cooked beans as opposed to baked-beans bought from a supermarket unless you are very busy. Baked-beans has too much sugar. It has also chemicals to preserve it. The talk about food preservatives is very debatable. Most manufacturers argue that the preservatives are health-friendly. Yet, I am interested in the amount of sugar in baked-beans. This sugar is equivalent to eating enough candy. Thus, if you are avoiding eating candy to control your weight, just know that you are still eating candy in its different form through baked-beans. We need to eat the right amounts of beans. We need it for its taste and for its nutritious effect on our bodies.
Beans contributes to both weight-loss and gain
I like eating beans. It tastes really great. It is also rich in proteins, fibre, etc. It is a good source of weightloss. The proteins build torn muscles, whilst fibre provide roughage. These activities are core to weight-loss.
However, I am quick to say that beans contributes also to weight gain when eaten in large quantities over time because it has carbohydrates too. Remember what I said earlier in another article! I said that a cup of beans has around 250 calories. Beans taste great with other carbohydrates like baked-Irish potatoes, bread, etc. I like, for example, eating beans for breakfast. I would smear salted butter on my 2 slices of bread, put a layer of beans, add fried eggs with drippy yolks, add sliced tomato and onion, sprinkle cheese-salt on it and drink lots of hot tea. This breakfast meal is already about 517 calories. Yet, the average calories intake per meal (which is also debatable) is 400 calories. This means that if you want to eat beans, you must eat it once or twice per week. You must also balance your total in take of calories per day. Or, you simply do more exercises to burn extra calories. This might sound alarming, but it is not. All you need is knowing the total amount of calories your body requires each day according to your weight, height, age, and activities. You need also to know how much calories are in each food, which you eat. The idea is for you to calculate quickly how much you eat per meal so that you are not afraid of certain meals without knowing your actual food in take per day. Knowledge is power. I eat beans and I manage my weight properly without stress.
Beans causing flatulence gas
Some people like beans. Yet, they avoid beans because of the flatulence gas. Too much fibre, which is not absorbed, leads to flatulence gas. The body passes this gas through the rectum by popping the sound, and through the mouth by belching. Beans is not the only food that causes flatulence gas.
Home remedy for flatulence gas
The good news is that it is easy to treat flatulence gas at home. Drink 1 tablespoon of charcoal power or charcoal tablets according to prescription after eating beans. If you are on other medication, do not drink charcoal! It would absorb those medicines, which would make them futile.
Another method involves preventing flatulence gas when cooking beans. Thus, cook the beans for 30 minutes only, and soak it in water over night. The following day, pour out the water in which you had soaked the beans, and add fresh water to cook for at least 2 hours. This reduces flatulence gas.
Flatulence gas might be a social embarrassment
Some people do not want to eat beans for fear of social embarrassment. The gas might cause so much audible noise, while passing through the rectum. It depends, where and with whom, that happens. If it happens at home with familiar people, that might be okay. Yet, if it happens when one is presenting a paper in public with the media present, that might spell doom for someone’s career. It is strange that people do not take lightly passing the gas through the rectum in public. Nonetheless, on average a person passes about 2-3 pints of gas per day (Research on the actual quantities). It is worse when the flatulence gas has an awful odour. The person sitting next to one passing gas might be extremely offended by unspoken odours. Yet, it is nice to be a comedian. The public does not get angry with a comedian, who passes gas noisily through the rectum. In some societies, men are applauded for passing gas through the rectum. Yet, women are reprimanded for the same act. However, it is easy to prevent this social embarrassment. Simply apply the remedy above!
HOW TO COOK BEANS AT HOME
- 1 cup of beans
- Enough water
- 1/4 teaspoon of salt
- 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper
- 1 small onion
- 1 small tomato
- fresh leaves of coriander
- 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil (preferably sunflower oil because it is odourless)
- Wash the beans
- Boil the beans for 30 minutes
- Soak the beans over night, make sure that the water covers the entire beans
- Pour the soaking water on the following day, and add fresh water to the beans
- Cook the beans until it is very soft (the soaked beans would cook for 2 hours on average without a pressure cooker)
- Chop the onion and tomato, and fry them into hot oil until tender
- Add the fried onion-tomato, salt, and black pepper to the boiled beans. Cook for at least 3 minutes
- Add chopped coriander and simmer for at least 2 minutes
Voila! The beans are ready to serve two people or one person for two days
@ Chipo Muponisi, unedited post.