Health Tip: Cooking With Beans

(HealthDay News) -- Beans are a high-fiber source of protein that contain little fat and cholesterol.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics suggests how to prepare and cook beans:

  • Add beans to your favorite soups, stews or casseroles, or serve them as a side dish.

  • Reduce cooking time by as much as half by soaking beans in advance. To soak them overnight, place them in a large pot with plenty of room-temperature water.

  • To soak dried beans more quickly, bring a pot of water to a boil and then add beans, allowing them to soak for up to four hours.

  • To ease digestive gas, discard the soaking water, rinse the beans and cook them in fresh water.