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Pinto Beans vs. Black Beans

Which should you choose on your next burrito?

September 29, 2008 |
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Next! You walk into a chipotle and order a veggie burrito and they ask you black beans or pinto beans—what do you say? Which is healthier? How many say black??? How many say pinto???

Well, they’re both good. Recent research, for example, found black beans have “potent inhibitory activity” against colon, liver, and breast cancer cells and a half cup of pinto beans a day can drop your cholesterol 20 points!

Same thing with baked beans. Half a cup of vegetarian canned baked beans a day—navy beans this time—and same amazing effect. It was a randomized crossover clinical study with a control group and then the “vegetarian baked bean treatment” group. Of all the treatments in allopathic medicine—radiation treatments, chemotherapy—a vegetarian baked bean treatment probably ain’t so bad. Imagine if there were a pill that could do that… and would go good with toast? They’d be makin’ billions.

Anyways, which is healthier? Black beans.

To see any graphs, charts, graphics, images, and quotes to which Dr. Greger may be referring watch the above video. This is just an approximation of the audio contributed by Dianne Moore.

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Dr. Michael Greger

Doctor's Note

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!

For some context, please check out my associated blog post: Breast Cancer and Diet.

  • http://nutritionfacts.org/members/mgreger/ 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!

  • http://nutritionfacts.org/members/ChristinaTindale/ Christina Tindale

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

  • http://nutritionfacts.org/members/anya/ 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!

  • 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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    • JacquieRN

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  • 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.