Food Storage Essentials: 4 reasons to have the basics in your food storage

Published: Friday, March 4 2011 7:00 a.m. MST

Additionally, the American Heart Association says, "Unrefined whole-grain foods contain fiber that can help … you feel full, which may help you manage your weight."

Concerning beans, according to a recent report issued by nutrition experts at Michigan State University, "Eating just four cups of cooked dry beans every week can help most people reduce their risk of developing heart disease. …

"The review, which examined more than 25 years of research involving dry beans and various health issues, found that beans are a powerful food to improve overall health and specifically to prevent heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United States. ...

"MSU researchers also found that eating dry beans (including canned beans) can help reduce the risk and severity of other deadly health problems including obesity, diabetes and certain types of cancer" (click here to see the American Bean Board's report).

"Here’s another good reason for eating beans. Many of the pigments that make fruits and vegetables colorful are known to be powerful antioxidants that may help protect against chronic diseases such as heart disease and cancer. Now food scientists have found similar healthful pigmented compounds (called flavonoids) in the coating of beans" (Wellness Newsletter, University of California Berkeley, February 2001).

So the risk of today’s serious health concerns is also reduced by eating beans.

Planning your food storage around a foundation of the basics has significant advantages when you’re storing food. Given the incredible nutrition of these foods, it hardly makes sense to store them without using them.


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