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Health Tip: Cooking With Beans
(HealthDay News) -- Beans are a high-fiber source of protein that contain little fat and cholesterol.
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics suggests how to prepare and cook beans:
Add beans to your favorite soups, stews or casseroles, or serve them as a side dish.
Reduce cooking time by as much as half by soaking beans in advance. To soak them overnight, place them in a large pot with plenty of room-temperature water.
To soak dried beans more quickly, bring a pot of water to a boil and then add beans, allowing them to soak for up to four hours.
To ease digestive gas, discard the soaking water, rinse the beans and cook them in fresh water.