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The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics suggests how to prepare and cook beans:
- Add beans to your favorite soups, stews or casseroles, or serve them as a side dish.
- Reduce cooking time by as much as half by soaking beans in advance. To soak them overnight, place them in a large pot with plenty of room-temperature water.
- To soak dried beans more quickly, bring a pot of water to a boil and then add beans, allowing them to soak for up to four hours.
- To ease digestive gas, discard the soaking water, rinse the beans and cook them in fresh water.
-- Diana Kohnle
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