Tuesday, July 24, 2012

How 'bout some more beans, Mr. Taggart?

 This Friday, July 27th, The Orpheum Theatre will host a “bean” drive for the Mid-South Food Bank in conjunction with the screening of hilarious  Mel Brooks’ western classic, Blazing Saddles.

Those familiar with the movie will understand the bean reference. Yet, did you know that there are so many positive nutrition facts when it comes to beans? Let’s start with the amazingly high fiber count. One cup of black beans (2 servings) has more than 115% of your daily value of fiber, which gives beans the ability to satisfy your appetite while seriously burning fat! Beans are also high in protein, which is why vegetarians aren’t the only ones eating beans in lieu of meat. With more than 40 grams of protein in 1 cup of beans, you can see why they top the list of fat burning foods.

When it comes to nutrition facts, beans are where it’s at.  With large amounts of thiamin, folate, vitamin B6 and niacin, beans can provide you and your fat burning efforts with plenty of health benefits to promote wellness. You also get lots of nutrients when you add beans to your diet, including; calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, zinc and manganese.

Beans have also  proven to provide many health benefits that include lowering cholesterol and preventing spikes in blood sugar. This makes beans even more appealing for diabetics, those suffering from hypoglycemia and a resistance to insulin. Furthermore, the soluble fiber in beans helps reduce your risk of coronary disease and heart attacks.

If you can set aside the sometimes embarrassing side effects of eating beans, you’ll find that the health benefits far outweigh that small problem. Yet it’s the side effects that have made beans the subject matter of countless jokes, children’s songs, and a memorable campfire scene in the Mel Brooks movie, Blazing Saddles. Although Warner Brothers executives asked Mel Brooks to remove the famous campfire scene, he ignored the request and the film became a international success.

Can you imagine the Blazing Saddles without the beans?  Can you imagine your pantry without beans? Sadly, many Mid-South families can.

But you can do something to help.  This Friday night, bring a can of beans to The Orpheum’s showing of Blazing Saddles and you’ll save $2 off the price of admission while also helping The Mid-SouthFood Bank stock the pantries of needy families in our community. Donations are often slow in the summer, and every can helps fight hunger in the Mid-South. 

The Mid-South Food Bank fights hunger through the efficient collection and distribution of wholesome food and through education and advocacy. It serves a network of partner agencies that includes food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, youth programs, senior programs, rehabilitation centers and other charitable feeding programs. The Mid-South Food Bank has distributed 10.3 million pounds of food and other groceries in its 31-county service area in 2011. For more information, please visit www.midsouthfoodbank.org.

Blazing Saddles @ The Orpheum this Friday, July 27th. Doors open at 6:15 PM for pre-movie fun.

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