Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Health Benefits of Refried Beans

Often referred to as frijoles refritos, refried beans are a staple for many cuisines such as in Latin America and Mexico. However, the shift to the United States has seen refried beans used as a dip, a meal, a condiment, and more. These delicious beans are definitely a favorite for those people needing something deliciously mellow in their lives.

Typically, pinto beans are used in the United States, but black beans are also popular in other cultures for preparing a refried beans dish. Making refried beans is actually easy and affordable making it a great way to “fill” a meal without emptying the pocket book.

Whether making burritos or nachos, refried beans are a great addition offer a fullness that is unbeatable. But there is more to this dish than just an awesome taste.

Refried beans can be extremely healthy!

Refried beans are extremely high in protein and fiber. In addition, beans are filled with delicious anti-oxidants for added heart health. For those that focus on mega-3 fatty acids, few things are as easy to obtain or purchase as beans. If you are looking for a healthier diet, refried beans are full of molybdenum, folate, manganese, phosphorus, iron, Thiamin (Vitamin B1), and magnesium.

If you want those healthy refried beans, stay away from the animal fats often used in making refried beans. There are healthier alternatives that will steer you clear of the saturated fats that can lead to heart disease and other health problems.

When looking for a delicious addition to a healthy diet, refried beans can be your greatest supporter.

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