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Are white beans in tomato sauce healthy?

  1. White beans in tomato sauce are a popular dish in the Netherlands. White beans are healthy, but what about the combination between white beans and tomato sauce? Is that combination actually healthy? In any case, the supermarket shelves are full of different brands. But which one should you choose or should you actually get white beans in tomato sauce from the supermarket or is it wiser to make it yourself?

Important minerals

  1. White beans contain molybdenum. Molybdenum is a relatively unknown mineral, the human body also needs very little of it. Yet it is a very important mineral. According to the nutrition center, molybdenum is an indispensable part of enzymes. Enzymes are proteins that trigger or accelerate certain processes in the body. Molybdenum is only found in enzymes that are necessary for the metabolism.

White beans as a meat substitute

  1. When you buy dried white beans you have a bean with a lot of protein. This makes white beans a good alternative to meat. If you do not eat meat for a day, you will get the necessary protein with white beans.

Low glychemical index

  1. White beans have a low glychemical index. A glychemical index is a measure of how quickly carbohydrates are digested in the intestine and absorbed into the blood as glucose. People with diabetes benefit from a diet with a low glychemical index because it causes fewer blood sugar spikes.


  1. White beans in tomato sauce contains one E number. This is modified starch or E1400. Modified starch is starch in which the chemical structure has changed. By changing the structure, the starch acquires the desired technological properties, such as less tendency to retrogradation, it is heat resistant and it becomes freeze resistant. This E-number is added to keep it longer and, together with salt, it gives firmness to the white beans.

Should you completely avoid white beans in tomato sauce from the supermarket?

  1. It is best for you to make everything yourself, from bread to tomato sauce. But because many people nowadays don't have time to make everything themselves, pre-made products are nice and easy. As described earlier, these are less healthy. The nutrition center therefore advises to keep it as an exception for white beans in tomato sauce. Varying with food is good anyway. It is therefore important that white beans in tomato sauce do not become a regular day of the week.

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