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All About Black Beans                 

We aren't accustomed to eating black foods, except perhaps licorice.  But this black food is outstanding; it tastes great, is cheap, and has unusual health benefits.  You can eat it with rice as a side dish, drier in sandwiches, and it makes a great soup. Use it as a topping for baked potatoes, or as an addition to guacamole or burritos.  It's a staple of Cuban and other Hispanic cooking.

According to the website and newsletter Blue Heron, black beans can lower blood pressure as it removes dangerous chemicals from your body.

The World's Healthiest Foods website emphasizes the qualities in black beans to promote gut health, as well as other health benefits.

Writes Organic Facts: "Consuming black beans can also aid in digestive health and the regulation of the body’s blood sugar levels. Black beans can also be beneficial for various nervous system functions, can reduce the chances of birth defects, neutralize the negative effects of sulfites, and even prevent impotence in men."

Canned black beans are a fast solution if you don't have time, and the nutrition levels are pretty much retained, but some are concerned about too much salt added, and the possible danger of can liners' chemicals leaching into canned foods. 

Drained they make a great sandwich with perhaps chopped onion, lettuce, tomato or a dab of horseradish or hot sauce, and are great in loaded burritos or tacos, or try these recipes:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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