Myths, Nutrition and Cost


Beans will give me gas or cramps. 

It's true beans can cause gas.  However, I've had major colon surgery and eat beans almost every day with no ill effects.

According to the National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse, there are things you can do to minimize gas caused by beans:
  • Be sure to soak and rinse dried beans thoroughly before cooking.
  • Increase your bean and fiber intake gradually.
  • Eat slowly to be sure you chew your food thoroughly.
  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Don't swallow air when you eat, and don't drink carbonated beverages.
  • See a doctor if you continue to have a problem with gas.
  • Over-the-counter remedies are available for mild gas.

Beans have "incomplete" or insufficient protein.

Some beans have incomplete protein, but a balanced vegetarian diet contains different amino acids throughout the day, so protein supplements are rarely necessary.

The "complimentary proteins" recommendation has been discredited and is now considered unnecessary.

Nutrition and Environmental FAQ 


Bean dishes are the ultimate recession meal, as they are much less expensive than meats.

In this section, I will be comparing the cost of beans to other protein dishes, such as meats. 

Cost of Black Bean Soup

Large can of black beans (3.5 cups): $1.59
1 lime: $.67
Olive oil, spices and a little broth I had on hand: $???

Cost per serving: About $.33