Beans are good for you. Yes, they have a high percentage of carbohydrates, and yes, they are the good carbohydrates – complex carbohydrates. Because of that, beans have a low glycemic index, which means they do not cause a blood sugar spike and its associated health problems the way refined sweet carbs like desserts and white bread do. What beans can cause is gas, but that can be eliminated by soaking and rinsing before cooking.
I usually keep beans on hand – cooked and ready to mix or to eat. Several of my favorite plant-based meals call for beans of one kind or another so cooking a pound or two ahead of time streamlines chow time. After the cardiac episode, I preferred to err on the side of caution and completely omitted canned beans from grocery lists. Also, I found cooking much cheaper $$$ if I used dry beans instead of canned.
With the tiniest bit of planning ahead dried beans are no more trouble to prepare either. If you don’t already own a crock pot, this might be the time to think about it. One of those implements does all the bean cookin’ work for you – what little there is of it.
SOURCES: The Bean Institute