Beans are an excellent source of vegetarian protein. The proteins from beans (legumes) can help regulate water and sugar metabolism and should be eaten as part of a healthy diet. Some people are afraid of eating beans due to flatulence or digestive upset, however these symptoms are usually due to improper preparation and cooking techniques. Make sure to soak your beans overnight in cold water before cooking.
Black beans have an overall supportive function for the body. To cook black beans, use 2-3 cups of water for each cup of dried black beans and simmer for about 2 ½ hours before eating. From a Chinese medical perspective, they support fluids and blood and can be used as a diuretic. Take a look at this recipe from Paul Pitchford’s Healing with Whole Foods: Asian Traditions and Modern Nutrition.
Black Bean Burger Recipe
2 C cooked black beans
1 carrot, diced
¼ onion diced
¼ tbs sage
½ tb thyme
½ tb oregano
½ cup bread crumbs (whole wheat)
Sea Salt to taste
Handful of toasted nuts
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Mix ingredients together to form patties
Bake until brown (about 30 minutes)