Q: Are canned beans as nutritious as dried?
A: Yes, bean for bean, canned and cooked dried beans provide the same nutrients. If you look at the numbers, canned beans may seem to contain fewer calories and less fiber, but that’s because they are often plumper (from absorbing more water), so there are fewer beans per serving. Their main drawback is the added sodium. However, you can remove as much as 40 percent of the sodium by draining the beans, then rinsing them under running water for about a minute. Or look for low- or reduced-sodium versions, or those with “no salt added.”