The Bean Bulletin

Monthly bites from the Bean Institute


In this month’s Bean Bulletin, we look at the Mediterranean diet, a traditional dietary pattern that includes simply delicious, naturally nutritious beans. We examine some of the major tenants of this dietary pattern, and why and how beans can be included in meals and snacks. We also interview Kathy McManus, a research dietitian based at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Kathy shares some of the latest research on the Mediterranean diet, as well as some of her strategies for helping patients adopt and enjoy a healthy, delicious Mediterranean diet. Finally, we share a few tidbits of information about the Mediterranean diet and region.

Enjoy a Delicious, Bean-Filled Mediterranean Diet for Health

Hundreds of peer-reviewed journal articles, including intervention trials and large epidemiological studies, have supported the healthfulness of the Mediterranean diet. When you ask experts about the health benefits of this “diet,” they are quick to tell you that it’s not a diet, but in fact a lifestyle. Read more…

Grilled Shrimp Skewers with White Beans

The white beans in this dish take on the flavors of the red pepper and fresh herbs. Rosemary brings beautiful aromatics to this versatile dish that can easily be scaled to an entrée or appetizer portion. Grilling the shrimp on the rosemary skewers enhances the herb’s flavor throughout the dish and creates an elegant presentation option. Enjoy!

Beans: A Key Ingredient to the Mediterranean Diet

We asked Kathy McManus, MS, RD, LDN,  from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston what her recommendations to encourage the Mediterranean diet. Find out her answers in this delicious Q&A.

Six Things You May Not Know about the Mediterranean Diet 

Olive trees, producing the fruit used to make olive oil, are native to the Mediterranean region and are one of the oldest known cultivated trees in the world, grown before written language was invented. Read more…

May is International Mediterranean Diet Month! Check out the list of ways you can celebrate from Oldways, and be sure to regularly enjoy beans all month long.

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