There is a truck load of goodness in our most recent butter bean haul; a legume as versatile in cooking as its growing conditions.
Beans contain amino acids, which are the protein building blocks that the body uses to heal and to make new tissues, such as bone, muscle, hair, skin, and blood. Protein is an essential nutrient. Another essential nutrient is folate. Folate is beneficial for overall health, to make healthy red blood cells.
According to research, beans are rich in polyphenols, which are a type of antioxidant. Antioxidants fight the effects of free radicals, which are damaging chemicals that the body produces during metabolism and other processes.
Did you also know that research suggests the nutrients in beans may help lower cholesterol? Good news, isn’t it? High cholesterol is a risk factor for heart disease and heart attacks.
Another heart healthy option to talk about is the stabilisation of blood glucose levels that beans provide, perhaps evening assisting to prevent diabetes! Beans are high in fibre, which can help lower blood glucose. When a person eats beans, the fibre and healthful starches they contain can help create a feeling of fullness and satisfaction. Research has shown a variety of beans, especially black beans, enhance gut health by improving intestinal barrier function and increasing the number of beneficial bacteria. This may help prevent gut-associated diseases.
Add to your next pot of soup, in a stir-fry or salad.