Are baked beans healthy?
- A cup of baked beans is a great source of protein with more than 10 grams of protein equal to 50 gram steak or 11/2 eggs.
- Baked beans contain energy giving, low glycaemic index carbohydrates.
- Baked Beans count as a vegetable serve. A cup of baked beans is equal to more than 1.5 serves of vegetables.
- Most baked beans are also an excellent source of tomato containing the antioxidant lycopene.
- Baked beans contain folate a vitamin essential to release the energy in our food. One cup of Baked Beans provides more than 25% of the daily requirement (RDI 400 micrograms/day adults and teenagers).
- The fibre in a cup of baked beans is 12 grams equal to more than 8 large sandwich slices multigrain bread, or 11/4 cups toasted muesli or 4 medium unpeeled green apples.
Are baked beans high in fat?
- Baked beans are low in fat (less than 1%) with less than 2 grams of fat per cup. They are super low in saturated fats.
- A cup of baked beans is about 900 kilojoules or just less than 10% daily intake energy requirement for the average person
Do baked beans give you gas?
- Unfortunately, it is true. Baked beans give you gas. This is because we do not have digestive enzymes for all carbohydrates including raffinose found in dried beans and legumes. Gut micro-flora break down this carbohydrate and a byproduct of this process is gas. However, raffinose can be reduced in beans that are soaked first and the water discarded.