Pinto means "painted," and dry pinto beans have a mottled surface that appears painted. When cooked, this mottling disappears and the beans adopt a uniform color. They are the most commonly consumed bean in America, with the average American consuming 4 pounds (dry weight) per year. Dove Creek, Colorado, is the "pinto bean capital of the world."
- high in folic acid, which helps reduce inflammation in artery walls
- contains molybdenum, which helps detoxify sulfite preservatives used in packaged foods
- rich in thiamine (vibamin B1), essential for good memory function
- high in iron, essential for production of oxygen-transporting hemoglobin