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The Easy Bean Top Ten! How beans improve health, help the environment and make you feel happy!

Easy Bean, the premium hand-prepared meals company which uniquely features beans in each of its recipes, is on a mission to improve the nation’s health through a bean-filled manifesto.

The company produces six delicious ready meals which are available at Booths and online at www.waitrose.co.uk, www.ocado.com, and www.naturalgrocery.co.uk

Now it has also produced a bean Top Ten - promoting beans and pulses as part of a healthy diet which is also good for the environment and for you.

Christina Baskerville, MD of Easy Bean and the ‘Queen of Beans’ says:  “We have a ten point plan to get everyone to understand the true importance of the bean. We all love Baked Beans in the UK but there are so many other varieties and they do us and the planet so much good.”

The top ten reasons to choose beans and pulses are:

1. Pulses and beans have more protein than any other vegetable ingredient.

2. They are high in fibre, soluble and insoluble. Soluble fibre helps to lower cholesterol. Insoluble fibre improves digestive health.

3. Beans and pulses are complex carbohydrates with a low Gi index. This means they take longer to digest, leaving you feeling fuller for longer.

4. They are low in fat.

5. They are a good source of energy-boosting iron.

6. An 80g portion of cooked beans counts as one of your five-a-day.

7. Beans are a source of natural phytoestrogens (increasingly seen as having health benefits) and isoflavonoids, found in pea plants, are used for the relief of menopausal symptoms.

8. Legumes such as beans and pulses put goodness back into the soil as they grow.

9. Growing pulses uses far less of the world’s natural resources than meat or dairy production.

10. Protein from cereals such as wheat or rice compliments the proteins in pulses to help give a balanced diet.

Easy Bean was established in 2007 by farmer’s daughter Christina. Her meals, inspired by her work with bean farmers in different countries around the world, promise ‘Lunch on the go or supper in a mo’.

Christina adds: “We prepare Easy Bean meals in small batches in our Somerset kitchen using the finest natural ingredients. Our meals are as tasty as they are healthy.”

The Easy Bean range includes:

African Palava: A delicious West African hotpot and a colourful profusion of Fairtrade brown beans, free-range chicken, peanuts, sweet potatoes and spinach.

New Mexican Chilli: Fairtrade red beans with sweet peppers, tomatoes, spiked with the jalapeño chilli.

Moroccan Tagine: A hotpot of slow-cooked chickpeas, Mediterranean vegetables, apricots and aromatic spices.

Spanish Puchero: Fairtrade beans, chorizo sausage and an oak-smoked paprika from the Extremadura region of Spain.

Indian Sambar: Toor Dhal peas simmered slowly with coconut and tamarind juice and finished with chunky vegetables and mustard seeds.

French Cuisinées: Green lentil and sweet chestnut simmered with classic vegetables, rosemary and thyme.

The range has won six gold Great Taste Awards.

Easy Bean meals: rrp: from £2.99