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Great northern beans/Gin Lee

Great northern beans first originated in South America, like all other common beans. The bean is perhaps referred to as “great northern,” because they were originally brought to the area of what is now called North Dakota by Spanish exploration. A tribe located in North Dakota known as the Mandan tribe domesticated the beans for cultivation. (LeafTV Contributor, n.d.)

Great northern beans aren’t just economically friendly, they’re also really healthy. The nutritional value per ¼ cup serving of great northern beans: For a 2,000 calorie diet:

Serving size: ¼ cup

Nutritional information per packaged label for dried great northern beans

  • Calories 90
  • Calories from fat 0 grams
  • Total Fat 0 grams, 0% Daily Value
  • Saturated Fat 0 grams, 0% Daily Value
  • Trans Fat 0g
  • Cholesterol 0 grams, 0% Daily Value
  • Sodium 0mg, 0% Daily Value
  • Total Carbohydrate 22 grams, 7% Daily Value
  • Dietary Fiber 7 grams, 28% Daily Value
  • Sugars 1 gram
  • Protein 8 grams
  • Vitamin A 0%
  • Vitamin C 4% Daily Value
  • Calcium 6% Daily Value
  • Iron: 8% Daily Value

Plus, great northern beans are packed full of essential amino acids, such as cystine, histidine isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tyrosine, tryptophan, and valine.

As you know, the percentage “Daily Values” is solely based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet may require less or more.

Lectins in beans

When eating great northern beans, always make sure they’re properly cooked. The lectins found in raw beans and undercooked great northern beans are toxic. So, for your safety, never eat beans that aren’t cooked efficiently. If you’re interested in learning how to prepare great northern beans, a few days ago, I wrote an article “Creamy slow-cooked great northern beans,” where I shared step-by-step instructions on how to prepare them in a crock-pot.

Why you should eat more great northern beans and other beans in general:

Great northern beans not only taste good, they’re high in nutritional value and loaded with antioxidants. Plus, they have anti-inflammatory properties and they help aid digestion. They’re also high in fiber, which in turn cleanses the colon to give you better colon health.

Prices for dry bags of great northern beans in November 2022

So, I decided to do some price comparison at different online stores for you guys, on great northern beans, just in case y’all might be interested.

Target.com has their store brand of Good & Gather 1 pound bags (16-ounces) of dry, great northern beans priced at $1.59.

Walmart.com has their Great Value brand of 32-ounce bags (2-pounds) of dry great northern beans priced at $2.24 and to buy them in bulk (also at Walmart.com) three 32-ounce bags (equals 6-pounds) are priced at $6.72.

Kroger.com has the Kroger brand of 32-ounce bags (2-pounds) of dried great northern beans priced for $2.79.

DollarGeneral.com has their brand, Clover Valley Great Northern Beans, 32-ounce bag (2-pounds) is priced at $3.50.

Amazon.com has the Camellia brand for a pack of two 1 pound bags of dry great northern beans priced for $12.95.

No matter where or if you decide to buy them, a pound of dry great northern beans equals six cups of cooked beans, drained. So, a one-pound package of dry beans will make close to nine serving sizes of cooked great northern beans or twelve to fourteen servings of ham and bean soup (depending on how much meat is added).

References:

Nutrition Facts for Great Northern Beans. (n.d.). myfooddata. https://tools.myfooddata.com/nutrition-facts/175191/wt1

Great northern beans by Goya Foods, Inc. nutrition facts and analysis. (n.d.). Nutritional Values For Common Foods And Products. https://www.nutritionvalue.org/Great_northern_beans_by_Goya_Foods,_Inc._404442_nutritional_value.html?size=100+g

Beans, canned, mature seeds, great northern nutrition facts and analysis. (n.d.). Nutritional Values For Common Foods And Products. https://www.nutritionvalue.org/Beans,_canned,_mature_seeds,_great_northern_nutritional_value.html

Carb Manager. (n.d.). Carb Manager. https://www.carbmanager.com/food-detail/md:4fa39d9b92516118b16bc0d092b7bc9b/great-northern-beans

CSCS, D. P. R. (2020, March 23). White Beans: Nutrition, Benefits, and More. Healthline. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/white-beans-nutrition

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Calories in Great Northern Beans, boiled | CalorieKing. (n.d.). Food Nutrition Facts and Free Calorie Counter | CalorieKing. https://www.calorieking.com/us/en/foods/f/calories-in-fresh-or-dried-legumes-beans-great-northern-beans-boiled/TEmOk4WvQ3iPjJuH6RvKfQ

Kalorien in Great Northern Bean, Boiled, No Added Salt – Nährwerte und Ernährungsinformationen. (n.d.). Offizielle Website von Fitbit für Aktivitäts-Tracker und mehr. https://www.fitbit.com/foods/Great+Northern+Bean+Boiled+No+Added+Salt/7667

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