Doctor's Note

For more on the health benefits of beans:
Beans, Beans, They’re Good For Your Heart
Canned Beans or Cooked Beans?
Increased Lifespan From Beans
Diabetics Should Take Their Pulses

And check out my other videos on beans. If you're worried about the gassiness of beans, check out my blog post Clearing the Air.

For more context, check out Breast Cancer and Diet.

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  • Michael Greger M.D.

    Please feel free to post any ask-the-doctor type questions here in the comments section and I’d be happy to try to answer them. And check out the other videos on beans. If you’re worried about the gassiness of beans, check out my blogpost Clearing the Air. Also, there are 1,449 other subjects covered in the rest of my videos–please feel free to explore them as well!

  • I believe that the pinto beans at Chipotle are not vegetarian either!

    • Green Machine

      They are now. I asked at various restaurant locations and looked on their website. Both bean options are now vegan.
      If your location offers sofritas, try it. Great. (chopped tofu and peppers)

  • Anya

    Christina – That is true. Chipotle clearly states on their web site that their pinto beans are prepared with bacon. It’s just one more reason to load on the black beans, red onions & green peppers!

    • Robin Nichols

      Not eating meat will make humans weak and brain-addled. (Hillary voters)

  • April Barnswell

    I love to eat at Chipotle, because it’s one of the very few “fast food” places where I feel that I can eat healthily. I am a vegan, so I always order brown rice and black beans. The pinto beans are cooked in bacon (they recently revised their signage to point this out to customers), so they’re not a choice for me. Besides, I knew that black beans were more nutritious than pintos. At home, we eat all kinds of beans mixed together in vegan soups and chilis.

    • Ann betnard

      Thank you for that information. I didn’t know

  • Michael Greger M.D.

    Also be sure to check out my associated blog post Breast Cancer and Diet!

  • Instance

    Thank you for the video.  It was very cute and provided good information.  I was glad to find out that black beans are cancer fighters and that pintos are good for the heart. Again, many thanks.         August 13, 2012


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    • Damian J Pound

      Yes, what’s your point? This information is certainly shared with a motive, but that doesn’t make it untrue.

  • sean

    Thank you!!! That was very helpful and simple. :)

  • Gary L. Walters

    I just wanted the answer, so was annoyed when I saw it was a video. But short and to the point…well done.

  • Eydie

    Question on to soak or not to soak black beans. When cooking them presoaked, they lose their vibrant black color. Is it healthier to cook them from their dry state so that the nutrients int he black coating don’t seep out into the soaking water?