Superfood Profile: The Humble Black Bean
Yes that’s right. Black beans are totally superfoods. Betcha weren’t aware of that piece of culinary insight. They may not look fancy, have a fancy name, or come from some fancy forest, but these little beans pack one hell of a nutritious punch. Let’s call forward their list of achievements:
Protein + fibre = a rare super combination
My friend Sarah Britton from My New Roots wrote about how unheard of and cool this culinary combo is. She says that a one-cup serving of black beans contains 14 grams of protein. That is the same amount as a 2 oz. serving of chicken or salmon. Plus, you would get the same 15g of fibre in that one-cup serve as you would chowing down on 3 cups of broccoli, 4 cups of Brussels sprouts, or 15 plums.
This protein-fibre combo is apparently so rare that you won’t actually find it in any other food. Not only does this make the humble black bean a real star player in your pantry, but it also means that black beans are wonderful for your digestive system, regulating your blood sugar, and aiding your
Then there’s the fact that black beans are also packed with antioxidants. The same family of phytonutrients, called anthocyanins, that you find in blueberries, grapes and acai is also found in black beans. Good stuff, hey.
What can we do with black beans?
Before my foray into the wellness world, the only time I heard of black beans was when I was reading a Chinese take-away menu, and I was never really a fan of the overly salty dishes these beans resided in. Now, I love my black beans in call kinds of meals – both savoury and sweet.
Consider cooking with black beans next time you’re up for making a yummo veggie curry, some veggie burgers, adding extra protein to your salads or soups. And if you’re satisfying a sweet craving the healthy way, you can use black beans in brownies and cookies.
Here are some yummy recipes I’ve found around the interweb:
Were you aware of how wonderful black beans are? How do you eat yours? Share in the comments below.
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