Pinto beans have a beige background strewn with reddish-brown splashes of color like they were painted; thus their name “pinto” in Spanish means “painted”. The colored splotches on the beans disappear when cooked and they turn to a beautiful pink color.
The pinto bean comes from a common bean ancestor that originated in Peru. We know from history that beans were spread throughout South and Central America by migrating Indian traders and were introduced into Europe by Spanish explorers in the 15th century and brought to Africa and Asia.
These beans are the most highly consumed dried bean in the United States, but the largest commercial producers of dried beans today are India, China, Indonesia, Brazil, as well as the United States.
Beans are good for your health. Pinto beans are one of the most popular bean in many cultures and the most inexpensive form of good protein. One cup serving of pinto beans has 244 calories as well as high percentages of folate, cholesterol-lowering fiber, tryptophan, manganese, phosphorus, Vitamin B1, magnesium, potassium, and iron. Its high fiber content prevents blood sugar levels from rising too rapidly after a meal, so these beans are an especially good choice for individuals with diabetes, insulin resistance or hypoglycemia. There are also beneficial cardiovascular effects when consuming pinto beans because the amount of magnesium contain in a one-cup serving. Magnesium and potassium both found in pinto beans are extremely necessary and beneficial to heart health and providing the body with electrolytes that aid in nerve transmission and muscle contraction.
There have also been a number of studies showing that pinto beans supply sufficient potassium, when consumed regularly aids in lowering blood pressure. They can also increase your energy by helping replenish your iron stores.
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