And the nutritional award goes to...Beans!
Have you tried our secret recipe Black and Pinto Beans? The chefs at Adobo have cleverly perfected the most mouth-watering Mexican recipe for beans which are a nutritious accompaniment to any burrito! Here are some benefits of the humble bean:
Packed with complete protein and containing almost no fat, beans lower cholesterol, prevent heart disease and rid the body of unwanted toxins. They are also a good source of complex carbohydrates, the good healthy type which you need to be fit and strong!
Loaded with Antioxidants
Research published in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry indicates that black beans are as rich in antioxidant compounds as grapes and cranberries, fruits long considered antioxidant superstars. Overall, the level of antioxidants found in black beans in this study is approximately ten times that found in an equivalent amount of oranges. Gram for gram, black beans were found to have the most antioxidant activity.
All-star fibre providers
A cup of cooked Pinto beans provides 58.8% of the recommended daily intake of fibre. Check a chart of the fibre content in foods and you'll see that legumes (beans) lead the pack. The soluble fibre absorbs water in the stomach forming a gel that slows down the metabolism of the bean's carbohydrates. Black beans also contain insoluble fibre, which research studies have shown helps prevent digestive disorders.
Vitamins & Minerals
Pinto beans are also an excellent source of molybdenum, a very good source of folate (naturally occurring folic acid) and manganese, and a good source of protein and vitamin B1 as well as the minerals phosphorus, iron, magnesium, potassium, and copper.
Pinto & Black beans are a very good source of cholesterol-lowering fibre, as are most other beans. In addition to lowering cholesterol, Pinto beans' high fibre content prevents blood sugar levels from rising too rapidly after a meal.
In addition to providing slow-burning complex carbohydrates, Black beans can increase your energy by helping to replenish your iron stores. A cup of Black beans contains 20.1% of the recommended daily intake of iron.