Navy beans go their name during the years when Theodore Rosevelt was Assistant Secretary of the Navy. They were a staple food of the U.S. Navy during most of the 20th century. Small, dense and smooth, creamy white and mild in flavor, these are the beans used for the famous Boston and English baked beans. With nearly 150,000 acres committed to the effort, Michigan leads the nation in the production of navy beans.
- soluble fiber helps control cholesterol and blood sugar and prevents diabetes
- insoluble fiber aids in preventing constipation by stimulating the digestive tract
- bean protein is kinder to the body, especially the kidneys, than meat protein
- good source of complex carbohydrates, sustaining energy and satiety for hours