Mrs. Glee's Gluten-Free Foods

WELCOME

Welcome to the wonderful world of Mrs. Glee's Gluten-Free Foods, especially if you want to increase your fiber and protein intake.  Mrs. Glee's foods are great tasting and easy to prepare.  To provide the needed fiber and protein, Mrs. Glee's utilizes the navy bean as the base ingredient in all of its products.  The Michigan navy bean has long been known to be extremely nutritious,high in fiber, and a great source of protein and has large amounts of trace minerals such as folate, magnesium, copper, manganese, potassium, thiamin, and iron, according to World's Healthiest Foods.


Now, with the U.S.D.A. MyPlate, navy beans are listed as both a vegetable and protein source.  And, our unique processing technique helps to make the bean flour more easily digestible, reducing or eliminating the adverse affects associated with some bean products. Unlike other bean flours, the Performance Blend has minimal bean flavor.  Customers often note a slight aftertaste, but when asked if it’s negative, the answer is no.  So try some today!  Mrs. Glee's Foods are great tasting, nutritional and great for you.

WHY BEANS??

Mrs. Glee's uses a unique process to convert the Michigan grown navy bean into a wonderfully nutritious gluten free base ingredient.  The process results in a flour that is mild tasting and easy to digest while adding fiber and protein to your diet.  Mrs. Glee's products are excellent sources of protein and fiber as well as great tasting and easy to prepare.

The articles below provided valuable information on the nutritious benefits of incorporating beans into your diet.

Beans: Protein-Rich Superfoods

 

High in fiber and antioxidants, beans aren't just good for the waistline, they may aid in disease prevention, too.

            By Jenny Stamos Kovacs, WebMD the Magazine - Feature

            Reviewed by Kathleen M. Zelman, MPH, RD, LD

 

More than just a meat substitute, beans are so nutritious that the latest dietary guidelines recommend we triple our current intake from 1 to 3 cups per week. What makes beans so good for us? Here's what the experts have to say:

Chronic conditions such as cancer, diabetes, and heart disease all have something in common. Being overweight increases your chances of developing them and makes your prognosis worse if you do, says Mark Brick, PhD -- which means that trimming your waistline does more for you than make your pants look better. Brick, a professor in the department of soil and crop sciences at Colorado State University, is investigating the ability of different bean varieties to prevent cancer and diabetes.

Beans are comparable to meat when it comes to calories, says Dawn Jackson Blatner, RD, a registered dietitian at Northwestern Memorial Hospital's Wellness Institute in Chicago and a spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association. But they really shine in terms of fiber and water content, two ingredients that make you feel fuller, faster. Adding beans to your diet helps cut calories without feeling deprived.

Our diets tend to be seriously skimpy when it comes to fiber (the average American consumes just 15 grams daily), to the detriment of both our hearts and our waistlines. One cup of cooked beans (or two-thirds of a can) provides about 12 grams of fiber -- nearly half the recommended daily dose of 21 to 25 grams per day for adult women (30 to 38 grams for adult men). Meat, on the other hand, contains no fiber at all.

This difference in fiber content means that meat is digested fairly quickly, Brick says, whereas beans are digested slowly, keeping you satisfied longer. Plus, beans are low in sugar, which prevents insulin in the bloodstream from spiking and causing hunger. When you substitute beans for meat in your diet, you get the added bonus of a decrease in saturated fat, says Blatner.

Still not convinced? In a recent study, bean eaters weighed, on average, 7 pounds less and had slimmer waists than their bean-avoiding counterparts -- yet they consumed 199 calories more per day if they were adults and an incredible 335 calories more if they were teenagers.

Beans have something else that meat lacks, Blatner says: phytochemicals, compounds found only in plants (phyto is Greek for "plant"). Beans are high in antioxidants, a class of phytochemicals that incapacitate cell-damaging free radicals in the body, says Brick. (Free radicals have been implicated in everything from cancer and aging to neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson's and Alzheimer's.)

In a U.S. Department of Agriculture study, researchers measured the antioxidant capacities of more than 100 common foods. Three types of beans made the top four: small red beans, red kidney beans, and pinto beans. And three others -- black beans, navy beans, and black-eyed peas -- achieved top-40 status.

The bottom line? Beans are pretty much the perfect food, Brick says.

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Bean Diet:

According to many nutritionists, beans are one of the most overlooked health foods in the world today.  Long denounced by many for their supposedly high carb, therefore high weight gain potential, recent research has actually found that beans in fact contain complex forms of carbohydrates that actually do not contribute to weight gain.  Instead, these complex carbs help us by providing a steady supply of stable energy to our muscles and brain.

Not only are beans not bad for you, they are chocked full of nutrients that most other foods can only aspire to.  They contain Vitamin B6, folate, calcium, magnesium, potassium and alpha-linolenic acid, all important body building blocks.  Beans are also loaded with a ton of protein, which makes them rare species indeed in the plant world.  Protein is essential for our bodies to function properly, the rub being that most foods that are high protein also happen to be bad for the heart.  Beans, on the other hand, are not only a right source of protein; they are also a heart healthy.

Recent scientific studies have found that beans have the potential to prevent many threatening illnesses that are prevalent in America at this time.  They can combat cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and obesity.  Heart disease is one of the biggest killers in our country today and beans have been proven to help reduce the risk of this totally preventable disease by as much as 22 percent.  Beans are also great at curbing your hunger and since they are a very efficient fuel that our bodies can burn off very easily.  This can help give us a boost of energy and keep the pounds off.

Beans have also been found to be loaded with free radical fighting antioxidants.  Free radicals are unstable compounds that can do a lot of damage to the body including being known cause of cancer and premature aging.  Antioxidants are nutrients which are known to be able to help cancel out the negative effects of these radicals.  Since beans are loaded with antioxidants, they have the potential to fight cancer and make you feel younger and more energized.

Which beans are the beats?  Studies done at Michigan State University have found that beans that are termed as dry beans tend to be the healthiest.  While there is a strong similarity in the nutrient content of most beans, researchers have found that kidney beans, lima beans, pinto beans and navy beans are the better to eat.  How much beans should you eat?  Nutritionists recommend three cups of beans per week, but even including just a cup of beans per week into your diet can help you feel healthier.

People’s state of health would be much better off if they quit looking at beans as merely a source of carbs and gassy after effects and instead acknowledged them for their high nutritional value.  Eating beans can help people fight off many of the illnesses that plague them and given the untold varieties of beans out there, it should not be hard to find one that fits your taste.

Source; www.greathomeremeddies.com/beandiet.html