Baked beans

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Baked beans on scrambled egg on toast.

Baked beans is a recipe consisting of beans baked (or stewed) in a sauce.

Traditional cuisines of many regions claim such recipes as typical specialities, for example:

Most commercial canned beans sold today are haricot beans (a variety of Phaseolus vulgaris) in tomato sauce. Their popularity may be due to the fact they are cheap to make and buy. In the United Kingdom, for example, supermarkets may sell baked beans for around 7 pence a can.

Baked beans have also recently started appearing in other foods, such as inside sausages and on pizza.

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History

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New and old versions of the Heinz brand

The recipe for baked beans may be based on a Native American dish in which beans were cooked with bear fat and maple syrup in an earthenware pot. European settlers may have adapted this recipe, using pork fat and molasses.

According to alternative traditions, sailors brought cassoulet from the south of France, or the regional bean stew recipes from northern France and the Channel Islands.

Most probably, a number of regional bean recipes coalesced and cross-fertilised in North America and ultimately gave rise to the baked bean culinary tradition familiar today.

The company Heinz markets their product under the name "Baked Beanz", in reference to a 1960s advertisement campaign which used the slogan "Beanz Meanz Heinz".

Health

In 2002 the British Dietetic Association allowed manufacturers of canned baked beans to advertise the product as contributing to the recommended five daily portions of vegetables per person. This concession was criticised by heart specialists who pointed to the high levels of sugar and salt in the product. Some manufacturers produce a "healthy option" version of the product with lower levels of sugar and salt.

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