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Navy beans are small, oval, white, and dense. They are mild tasting and absorb flavours nicely making them a favorite in American-style baked beans. Because they hold up well to cooking, navy beans are perfect in soups, stews, and even salads.
Basic Cooking Instructions:
Empty can, drain, rinse, and add to your recipe.
Refrigerate any unused portion in a separate container.
- Beans are gluten free and low fat.
- They are a good source of protein with 1 cup providing 15grams of protein.
- When paired with rice or other whole grain, navy beans provide a complete vegetarian source of protein.
- According to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, a vegetarian-based diet can help reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke by contributing to lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol, and lower weight.
- Navy beans are incredibly high in fiber with one cup providing 76% of your daily requirement. A high fiber diet has been shown to reduce cholesterol and blood pressure, improve digestion, help to lower blood sugar levels, and contribute to healthy weight.
- Beans are a good source of folate, an important nutrient for heart health. Folate supports cardiovascular health by breaking down homocysteine, too much of which is associated with heart disease and stroke.
- Navy Beans were named after the fact that they were a staple food of the American Navy in the 1800’s.
- Senate Bean Soup is a daily menu item at the restaurant in the United States Senate. The soup features… you guessed it… navy beans.
- Beans are known as one of the ‘Three Sisters’ in Native American cultures. Rather than plant single crops in a field, the ‘Three Sisters’ – or maize, squash, and beans - were planted together because they were mutually beneficial properties.
- Beans need to be soaked before cooking. This reduces cooking time, makes them easier to digest, and reduces some of their ‘flatulent’ properties
Like other common beans, navy beans originated in Central America thousands of years ago. As a portable and nutritious source of protein, they have remained popular throughout the ages and across the miles. Especially popular are variations of baked beans using navy beans. In France, traditional cassoulet incorporates navy beans, meat, and vegetables baked together in a casserole, hence the name. In Great Britain, navy beans baked in tomato sauce are popular served at breakfast. Boston baked beans are made with molasses and Canadian baked beans are made with maple syrup. Delicious!