Beans are an inexpensive staple in a plant-based diet. They are a good source of protein, fiber and B-vitamins along with many other vitamins and minerals. Here's a list of the benefits of beans (legumes) from Dona Bradley, Director at CSNN Nanaimo:
Why Soak Beans:
Beans are contain phytic acid which protects the bean from animals and bacteria. By soaking the beans with a little acid, you break down this coating and so the beans are more easily digested and the nutrients are more bioavailable for assimilation and absorption. Canned beans are not soaked properly so the phytic acid is not broken down properly this leads to gas and bloating. Beans that are properly prepared do NOT cause gas and bloating.
How to Prepare Dried Beans: