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Ten things you might not know about baked beans Print E-mail
  1. In the five-a-day eating plan, baked beans count as a vegetable.  A cupful is equal to just over 1.5 vegetable servings.
  2. Baked beans are not baked but stewed.
  3. A cup of baked beans contains more than 10g protein, equal to a 50g piece of steak or 1.5 eggs.
  4. The same cupful contains 12g fibre, more than you’ll get in 8 slices of multigrain bread, 1.25 cups of muesli or 4 green apples.
  5. Baked beans are found wearing different labels all over the world, from France (where they belong in cassoulet) to the US, where Boston baked beans are famous.
  6. A cup of baked beans is equal to 900 kilojoules, around 9.5% of the average person’s daily energy requirement.Baked beans contain less than 2g of fat per cup, hardly any saturated fats and no cholesterol.
  7. Baked beans in tomato sauce have the added benefit of lycopene, an antioxidant found in tomatoes.
  8. One cup of baked beans contains around one quarter of our daily requirement of folic acid (vitamin B9), which helps to build healthy new cells.
  9. Baked beans contain low-GI carbohydrates, meaning they digest slowly, releasing energy over a longer period.
A caveat: Baked beans can contain high levels of salt and sugar, so read the labels if you need to watch your intake of these.

Sunday Times 25th August 2013

STORAGE: Store in a cool, dry cupboard. Once opened decant unused contents into a lidded, non-metallic container, refrigerate and use within one day.

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