Well, we all know the story about “Jack and the Bean Stalk”. Jack sells the cow for a handful of magic beans. As it turns out Jack may have made a great choice….that is if the giant was a metaphor for cancer. You see, it seems that beans are a cancer fighting food so here’s a recipe for you!
Making beans is easy and delicious but they do take a bit of planning. After you’ve made them you can eat them as is or add them to things like your cancer fighting salads and veggie dishes. You can watch a quick video on how to make them perfectly below the recipe.
- Fresh Beans (Less than 2 yrs. old)
- 1/2 Onion
- 1 or 2 cloves of Garlic
- 2 Stalks of Celery
- 1 sliced Carrot
- Olive Oil
- 1 rounded tablespoon of salt per pound of beans
- A few bay leaves
- A pinch of cumin
First, soak the beans for 2 to 6 hours. Afterwards, sauté onion, garlic, celery and carrots in the olive oil. After your veggies have become soft then add the beans and the soaking water. (Tip: Lose the water and lose the flatulence. It’s your choice.) Make sure the beans are covered by at least 2 inches of water. Add your bay leaves and your Cumin and then stir everything up and bring to a hard boil for about 10 minutes. Then simmer on low for about an hour or two The key to knowing when they are 3/4 of the way done is when you no longer only smell the onions and garlic but are starting to really smell the beans. Now, add your salt and continue simmering for about another 1/2 hour. You know they are finished when you take a few on a spoon and blow on them. If the skins wrinkle, then voilà….you’re beans are done! You can eat them plain or add chopped onion for flavor.
Finally, here’s a few tips from on making your beans “not so musical”….if you know what I mean. If you don’t then my 6 yr. old son does so, I’ll have him explain it to ya. 🙂
5 Tips to Deflate Flatulence
The subject is giggle-inducing, we know. But it’s no secret that beans, though good and good for you, have the unfortunate side effect of causing gas. To lessen beans’ effects, try one of these easy tips:
- Lose the water. By discarding beans’ soaking water prior to cooking, you’re getting rid of up to 80% of the oligosaccharides that cause flatulence.
- Let your body adjust. If you don’t eat beans often, your body never fully adapts to the extra work required to digest their complex sugars. Begin by eating beans 2 to 3 times each week, then gradually increase the quantity.
- Add a little something extra. Certain ingredients like a few bay leaves, a generous pinch of cumin, 6 fresh leaves (or 2 teaspoons dried) epazote or a 2-inch strip or two of kombu have gas-reducing properties when added to beans while they cook.
- Go simple. Note that beans cooked with added sweeteners — brown sugar, honey or maple syrup, for instance — may stress your digestion even more, so opt for plain beans when you can.
- Get a little help. Look for digestive enzymes in our Whole Body department. Sprinkling them on cooked beans or taking them in tablet form with your first bite of beans helps to break down the oligosaccharides before they reach the large intestine. Read More
Beans are a Cancer Fighting Food
So, now that you know how to make them let’s take a look at why they are so good for you. There is a controversial compound contained in beans that seems to be the ingredient that fights cancer. That ingredient is dietary phytate also known as phytic acid. You can see the first video about beans preventing cancer here.
It seems that this cancer preventative is readily absorbed by cancerous cells and inhibits the growth of most of the cancers it was tested on….and there are quite a few. In addition, normal cells were not harmed by the phytic acid. These tests were done both “in vitro” and “in vivo”. If you don’t know what that is you can read my post about that here. It even seems to turn cancer cells back into regular cells. It’s considered a “broad spectrum” anti-tumor agent….so chow down! 🙂 You can see the second video in the series here. It’s worth it.
Finally, it seems that phytates can be used to fight existing cancer. In fact, this last video discusses how phytates have been used as a treatment in studies to fight cancer. Phytates seem to block cancer cell migration. Take a look at this video…you will surely be surprised.
So, I guess beans are a giant killer. 🙂 I will be eating my beans but, I am also going to look into including phytates in my diet as a supplement.
To your health,
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