It is healthy to include beans in
your daily diet. But, I have seen
many of my patients don’t have time to
soak the beans before cooking them. They think that
soaking just reduces the cooking time. What
do you do when you don’t soak your beans? You
use cooking soda so that it cooks easily. Putting
cooking soda will definitely reduce your cooking time. But
there are many health hazards of cooking soda and
it also destroys many other important nutrients presents
in your beans. So let us understand …….
Why is it important to soak beans before cooking?
There are 2 reasons.
You are knowing this one that
soaking your beans makes them
softer due to absorption of water. &, once
they are soft, cooking becomes quicker. This
saves your precious time & fuel.
You may not be aware of the
2nd reason which is much more important…
It is a well known fact that beans are
good source of protein. But,
along with protein, beans are also rich in
very important minerals for your body like
Calcium, Iron, Magnesium etc. These minerals
are well preserved in the beans by
a chemical known as ‘phytic acid’. This phytic acid
does not allow the minerals to get
absorbed in your digestive tract. As if it
keeps the minerals locked! To liberate these
minerals from phytic acid so that they can be
absorbed, an enzymes ‘Phytase’ is needed. Unfortunately,
your body can not produce this phytase enzyme.
There is simple solution for this……
When you soak your beans in water for
long enough time (which varies for different beans), it
deactivates the enzyme inhibitors and triggers the
phytase that nullifies the effect of phytic acid. Phytase opens
the lock of phytic acid on the minerals. So, your
soaked beans are now having both the
minerals & phytase that allows your digestive system to
absorb very important minerals.
It is important for you to take nutrient rich food &
it is also equally important for you to make sure that
they also get absorbed properly from your digestive tract.
That’s all for today.
See you next week with another Tuesday Tip.
Till then… Take care….
Providing simple solutions for the complexities of life-
Dr. Bhumita Makwana
Your Dietitian & Cosmetic Clinician