Why You Should Stop Using Canned Beans

by NateB11

Dried beans have more nutrition, are better tasting and are safer than canned beans. Find out why.

Beans are one of the most all-around nutritious foods you can eat. They are classified as both a protein and a vegetable and have the health benefits of both. They contain protein, iron, B vitamins, fiber, potassium and copper. When you eat beans you are getting a good and healthy dose of protein, vitamins, minerals and fiber, all necessary as part of a balanced diet. What a great food it is!

But not all beans on the market are created equal. There's good reason to believe you'd be better off buying dried beans and taking the time to cook them home-made fashion as opposed to using beans from the can.

Let's explore the reasons for this proper food choice.

Cost of Canned Beans vs Dried Beans

Considering cost per serving, and also that dried beans will weigh more when cooked than they do when they are dry, dried beans are definitely less expensive. In fact, canned beans are 3 times more expensive than dried beans. If you are on a budget and counting pennies, homemade beans are the way to go. It takes a little more time and effort to cook homemade beans, but the effect on the budget will be worth it. A serving of dried beans cost about 10 cents. Quite an affordable way to feed a family some of the most nutritious food on the planet!

Beans over eggs over toast. Tasty, but those canned beans might not be too good for you.
Dodo, Wikimedia Commons. Share Alike 3.0 unported.

There's more salt in canned beans

Health-wise, canned beans are not as healthy as homemade beans, containing 100 times more sodium. If you are watching your blood pressure or just trying to keep the family's food as healthy as possible, you're going to want to avoid canned beans due to it's higher salt content.

Maybe not so wholesome.
By Joseph Campbell Company [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Canned beans don't taste as good

Canned beans tend to have that tinny taste from the can. Not quite as good as the actually wholesome taste of homemade beans in which you control the taste with your own seasoning and style. Also, the beans in the can are packed in some kind of goop. There might be some nutrition there in that sauce, but the naturally occurring sauce in the pot is much better.

Canned beans contain a poisonous substance called BPA

BPA is used to make plastic. It's used in sporting equipment, compact disks, baby bottles and, yes, in the lining of cans of beans on the supermarket shelf. This synthetic material seeps into the beans in the can, infecting it with its dangerous properties.

BPA is known to interfere with the normal functioning of hormones in your body because it copies estrogen. It can create an imbalance of hormones in your endocrine system, block normally operating hormones and increasing others. BPA is known to have detrimental effects on the brain, on child development and can create behavioral problems.

Having said that, some companies promote their canned beans as not containing BPA. However, you have to read the labels, and to be safe you might want to switch to dried beans.

Here's some tasty black beans with rice and a taco. Looks scrumptious!
jessicafm (Jessica Merz), Flickr. Some rights reserved.


So, we've seen that dried beans are healthier because you can control the salt it contains, as opposed to canned beans which contain up to 100 times more sodium. Dried beans tastes better, they don't have that tinny taste of canned beans and also don't have the slimy goop of the stuff in a can, but, rather, the naturally occurring sauce from being cooked in a pot. Dried beans are cheaper, they cost 3 times less than their canned counterpart. In addition, and most importantly, homemade beans that you take the time and effort to cook in a pot, do not contain BPA, a poisonous agent found in plastics and in the lining of the cans that beans come in, that is known to disrupt your hormonal balance and cause developmental, brain and behavioral problems.

Simply put, dried beans are healthier, safer, tastier and cheaper.

Updated: 07/06/2015, NateB11
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NateB11 on 07/06/2015

Thanks, Mira. Yeah, homemade dried beans are better for sure.

Mira on 07/05/2015

Nice article. I rarely, if ever, use canned food.

NateB11 on 07/04/2015


blackspanielgallery on 07/04/2015

I agree fresh is best, then frozen, and finally canned.

NateB11 on 07/03/2015

Thanks, Frank!

frankbeswick on 07/03/2015

Excellent and informative article.

NateB11 on 07/02/2015

Exactly, Candy! And thanks!

candy47 on 07/02/2015

I agree with everything you've said. Canned beans, or anything canned, taste like the can and have too many additives. Processed food I believe, is one of the reasons for obesity and diabetes. Just my humble opinion! More articles like this one please.

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