The Bean Scene
March 28, 2008
Northarvest Bean Growers Association was one of 11 agriculture related groups that participated in the Living Ag Classroom at the KMOT-TV Ag Expo in Minot, ND. Approximately 850 fourth grade students in 45 classes learned about North Dakota agriculture through Farm to Fork presentations January 16 and 17, 2008. Teachers received supplemental materials from all the groups including Northarvests Musical Fruit poster, Shaped like a kidney but good for your heart. Go figure!, a revised Paul Beanyan nutrition and class posters, North Dakota 1 bean producer sheets for each student and The Bean Cookbook.
Dr. Oz: Beans & Bran Are Best
Dr. Oz, appearing on the Oprah Winfrey Show earlier this month, said beans and bran are best for improving your intake of fiber.
He said that the average American gets 7 grams of fiber a day. Women need around 25 grams of fiber a day while men need 35 grams. He said that is about 7 9 servings of fruits and vegetables a day. The best sources for dietary fiber are beans and bran as they contain larger amounts than other foods per serving.
Dr. Oz said that when you first upgrade your fiber intake you have to slowly build up your fiber intake because your digestive tract is not used to working up to this speed. You can experience gas and this is a good thing because your body is eating healthy foods he said.