Wednesday, June 3, 2009

A new segment: food FYI

I’ve decided to add a new component to my blog- a new segment called food FYI where I’ll post a random and fun piece of info, a sort of “did you know that?...” in the realm of food and nutrition. So the first one is……

Did you know that draining and rinsing canned foods can reduce sodium levels by 23-45%, according to a recent University of California, Davis review of literature, published in the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture. You can read the full review here.

This interesting tidbit was brought to my attention by Roberta L. Duyff, MS, RD, FADA, CFCS Consultant to the Canned Food Alliance.

One of the great canned foods to apply this to is beans, i.e. pinto, black, kidney, lentils etc. Beans are a cheap and healthy source of low fat protein, fiber-full carb foods, as well as B vitamins and the key mineral iron. So cracking open a can, draining and rinsing them not only helps make them more digestible but washes away some of that sodium too. Try some in my Black Bean and Corn Enchiladas, Quick Spiced Indian Lentils and Ken’s Vegetarian Chili for Champions recipes!


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