Little Beans, Big Nutrition
Beans aren’t called “super food” for nothing.
As the only food to appear in both the protein and vegetable food groups on the USDA MyPlate nutrition guide, beans offer the best of both worlds. Loaded with important nutrients, including folate, magnesium, potassium and iron, beans are also a good place to find antioxidants, are low in both saturated and total fat, and cholesterol-free.
Beans are also among the richest sources of dietary fiber, which can help maintain a healthy digestive system and lower the risk of heart disease. Additionally, beans are one of the best sources of plant protein, with one-half cup of beans providing about the same amount of protein found in a cup of milk. Finally, both protein and fiber have been identified to have a positive impact on satiety and weight control.
As concerns continue to mount over health issues like obesity, heart disease and cancer, there has never been a better time to embrace beans. ADM Edible Beans can help you create foods that meet the nutritional needs of today’s health-conscious population with great-tasting, better-for-you products.
Besides being a nutritionally sound, multifunctional food staple, beans also play a significant role in sustainable agriculture.
Bean plants increase aeration, releasing nutrient-cycling micro-organisms into the soil. This improved soil structure also improves its water-holding capacity, enabling beans to require less water for growth.
Another benefit of this nutrient-rich soil is that it requires less fossil fuel-derived commercial fertilizer, which then results in a decreased chance of water-contaminating runoff, because beans get at least half of the nitrogen that they need from other sources.
The environmental benefits don’t end there. In addition to offering a full line of high-performance edible bean seeds to help promote sustainable bean growth all over the world, ADM also practices alternative processing. Our edible bean facility in Enderlin, North Dakota utilizes sunflower seed hulls and other biomass for energy cogeneration, producing enough steam and electricity to operate the plant safely and efficiently.