Did you know that July is National Baked Bean Month? In July, Americans consume 50 million pounds of baked beans! The cans can build a trail that is longer than the Historic Route 66, which runs from Los Angeles to Chicago.
During the colonial days, Boston was famous for baked beans, which was how it gained its nickname, “Beantown”. Molasses is one of the main ingredients in baked beans. According to Boston Online, Boston was drowned with molasses in 1919 due to an explosion of a molasses tank. The event was called the Great Molasses Flood of 1919, that killed 21 people.
In addition to molasses, some of the most common ingredients in making baked beans are bacon, brown sugar, onions, and, of course, Navy Beans. Navy beans are also known as Haricot Beans. They are small dry white beans that look like kidney beans. They are the most commercially used in canned baked beans because their skins are not easy to break during cooking.
Have you ever asked why Navy Beans are called Navy Beans? According to World’s Healthiest Food, members of the United States Navy ate a lot of “Navy” beans during the late 1800’s. Navy beans can be stored for a long time, and they provide an excellent source of nutrition. Navy beans are high in fiber, especially soluble fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals. Soluble fiber attracts water and turns to gel during digestion. This slows down the digestion process. It can help lower the total cholesterol and LDL (low density lipoprotein). It thus reduces the risk of heart disease.
Only one cup of cooked Navy beans can provide the following amounts of your daily nutrition needs:
- 63.7% of folate
- 59.4% of tryptophan
- 50.5% of manganese
- 46.6% of dietary fiber
- 31.7% of protein
- and many more…
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We will introduce a bean stew recipe for tomorrow’s Foodie Tuesday. If you want to know how to make it, come back and you will find out tomorrow.