How can I better digest beans?

Three key rules:

1. Let them soak in cold water overnight, drain the water they were soaked in, and rinse the beans several times.

2. Cook the beans well. While they are cooking, squeeze in some lemon juice for some aciditiy.

3. Finally, remember to chew veeeeeeeery carefully and to add spices (cumin, fennel, ginger…), which will aid in digestion and reduce chances of bloating :).

Which beans are the most protein-rich?

Apart from soy, the most protein-rich beans in descending order are (/100 g): lentils (25.8 g), split peas (24.55 g), red beans (22.5 g), chickpeas (20.5 g), and flageolet beans (19.1 g).

Which beans are the most fibre-rich?

Apart from soy, the most fibre-rich beans in descending order are (/100 g): split peas (25.5 g), flageolet beans (23.4 g), lentils (17.1 g), red beans (15.2 g), and chickpeas (13.3 g).

Why eat beans?

Beans have many health benefits and are a positive addition to any diet:

> They are naturally high in plant-based proteins. Together with grains, they can make up a proteinic contribution equivalent to meat.

> They are high in fibre. A fibre-rich diet favours digestion and allows the body to better regulate its blood glucose levels.

> They are rich in vitamins and minerals. beans are positively teeming with iron, magnesium, potassium, and vitamin B, all of which are essential for balance within the body. 

> They have a low glycemic index, which caters to a slower digestion process and greatly contributes to producing a feeling of satiety.

What are some sources of plant protein?

There are three sources of plant protein:

> beans: rich in iron and fibre, they are naturally nutrient-rich. In this food category we come across: peas, beans, lentils, etc.

> Grains (quinoa, corn, bulgur, rice, etc.) are also a good alternative to meat.  Rich in carbohydrates and proteins, they contain many minerals. It is important to know that combining grains + beans provides all the amino acids your body needs.

> Oilseeds: almonds, nuts, sesame seeds, etc.

How is your approach linked to sustainable development?

Our approach tackles a twofold challenge regarding sustainable deveopment:

> On the one hand, developing a quality food supply source: beans have well-know nutritional benefits. They are rich in fibre and contain wulity plant-based proteins. Their combination with cereals (as we do in our recipes!) leads to an excellent absorption of plant proteins. They are a nutritional ally that establish a good dietary balance.

> On the other hadn, developing sustainable farming practices by cultivating and transforming the way beans are perceived in France. Cultivating beans is a real agricultural and environmental boon! They are very water-efficient and do not require nitrogen-based fertilisers. They actually absorb the nitrogen present in the air and reintegrate it into the soil. As a result, by adding beans to a field of crops, we can reduce the overall consumption of nitrogen worldwide, and therefore reduce greenhouse gas emissions.