I am about to embark on a super bean journey! I would like to exclaim that 2021 is going to be the year of the bean, but I don’t want to say it and have it come back to haunt me.
Beans are super healthy, but what’s really import to me is the fact that beans contain a lot of lysine. Lysine is an amino acid that’s essential for skin health. Lysine plays a major role in the formation of collagen. Collagen help build up and repair bones and connective tissue. This includes skin (article)!
True, collagen powders are sold online. Is it not better to have the straight collagen than go through the process of making our own? Some people might find that useful, but my body feels exactly the same whether I eat a bunch of beans or I eat collagen-containing foods. Since collagen powders are so much more expensive than beans, I’m going to be eating beans.
The only trick is, to get enough lysine purely from beans (if you’re not a meat eater – 1 serving of meat contains enough collagen for a couple days), you need to eat about 2 cups of beans. 1 cup of pinto beans only contains 40-50% of the daily recommended intake of lysine (found on cronometer.com).
Since I have sensitive skin, I need to get as much collagen/lysine as I can everyday (lysine, vitamin c, and silica are really important for collagen formation – oats contain silica, and I throw them in my smoothie everyday). I do occasionally eat meat, but I don’t eat it often enough to rely on it for my lysine intake. I try to get a fair amount of beans in my diet. I even have a few bean dessert recipes in my repertoire in addition to my savory bean recipes. Even so, I don’t get enough. I currently have to take a lysine supplement, and I don’t like it. So I’m going to go on a bean quest after the holiday hubub dies down.
Here’s a cool trick with beans. Typically, beans make people fart, but I’ve found a way to remove the farts from the beans. When you go to cook/heat the beans, simply add a 1/2 tsp of apple cider vinegar for every pound of beans. This won’t affect the taste at all, but it will affect the gas. What the vinegar does is it help to break down the fiber in the beans. Beans make you fart because they contain a lot of insoluble fiber that the body can’t digest.
So there you have it. Beans for 2021! Add a little vinegar, and gas won’t be an issue. I’ll be updating with more posts about bean recipes, so stay tuned. Bonus, since I eat gluten-free, my gf flour contains a lot of oats, so many of my recipes have high contents of both lysine and silica – it’s like a collagen-bomb recipe!