Pinto Beans vs. Black Beans

Pinto Beans vs. Black Beans
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Which should you choose on your next burrito?

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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?

Well, they’re both good. Recent research, for example, found black beans have “potent inhibitory activity” against human colon, liver, and breast cancer cells, and in last year year’s review, I talked about pinto beans knocking down our cholesterol 20 points.

But, 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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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?

Well, they’re both good. Recent research, for example, found black beans have “potent inhibitory activity” against human colon, liver, and breast cancer cells, and in last year year’s review, I talked about pinto beans knocking down our cholesterol 20 points.

But, 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.

Please consider volunteering to help out on the site.

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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    1. 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)




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  1. 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!




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  2. 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.




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  3. 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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  4. 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?




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