Saturday, December 8, 2007

fermented beans and southern relish

Beans (black and red, soybean) will ferment. This makes them easier to digest and offer up more of their nutrients when fermented first. Now, if you're the singing kind, you might not appreciate this but fermented beans don't bring the wind nearly as much as unfermented beans. To ferment beans, just add a couple fingers of unpasteurized vinegar to cooked beans (soak them overnight before cooking) and let them sit for five to seven days. Soaking the beans starts the germination process, breaking down the enzyme inhibitors and unravelling some of the tightly-packed nutrients. Cooking raises the level of available proteins.

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Ferment And Cook Beans For Gas-free Nutrition

ScienceDaily (Apr. 26, 2006) — Fermenting beans and then cooking them not only reduces the majority of the soluble fibre that leads to flatulence, but also enhances their nutritional quality. Now we know which bacteria are important for the fermentation, reveal findings published online today in the SCI's Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture.

Beans are already an important source of nutrients, and many people would eat more of them if it wasn't for the flatulence. In many situations treating food to remove one problem often reduces its nutritional value, but a team of researchers at Simón Bolívar University in Caracas, Venezuela, have shown how flatulence can be reduced, while the nutritional value is enhanced.

Flatulence is caused by bacteria that live in the large intestine breaking down parts of the food that have not been digested higher in the gut, and releasing gas. Led by Marisela Granito, the researchers had previous shown that fermenting the beans could destroy many of these compounds. Now this team of researchers at has identified the bacteria that perform this fermentation.

Publishing their work in the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, they show firstly that Lactobacillus casei and Lactobacillus plantarum are the key bacteria. These can be encouraged to grow either by deliberately adding it to a batch, or by inoculating with liquor from a previous batch.

Secondly, they discovered that once these fermented beans are cooked, the amounts of nutrients in the bean that could be digested and absorbed had increased significantly.

"Our results show that L. casei could be used as a functional starter culture in the food industry," says Granito.

About the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture

Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture is an SCI journal, published by John Wiley & Sons, on behalf of the Society of Chemical Industry, and is available in print (ISSN: 0022-5142) and online (ISSN: 1097-0010) via Wiley Interscience For further information about the journal go to:

Adapted from materials provided by John Wiley & Sons, Inc..

Southern Relish
2 cans white shoepeg corn
2 cans worth of cooked, fermented black and/or red beans
2 medium yellow onions
4 jalapenos
1 small carrot
half a head of garlic
The beans will bring some of the vinegar flavor, so some folks add sugar if the corn isn't enough to offset the sour taste. Serve with corn chips.

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