Black-eyed beans are a plant belonging to the legume family, which grow abundantly in the countries of Central Africa. That is where you can find many different varieties of blackeye beans, differing in the shape and length of the pod.
Black-eyed beans are mostly used in cooking. They are one of the main ingredients featured in many dishes around the world. They are added to salads, as well as other dishes. They can often be canned in order to extend their storage. It is recommended to eat green blackeye beans salted or dried. In addition, it is very useful not only to eat them fresh, but also to make tea from the dried pods of this plant.
Black-eyed beans contain different vitamins and minerals (calcium, iron, and zinc) necessary for good nutrition. They contain 25% of your daily required protein. Black-eyed beans also have a high content of folic acid, potassium, phosphorus, and magnesium.
For people with urolithiasis, diseases of the liver, gallbladder, and pancreas, as well as those suffering from obesity, anemia, or gout, it is recommended to include blackeye beans in their daily diet.
Black-eyed beans contain vitamins A, C, B1, B2, B5, B6, PP, as well as manganese, calcium, copper, iron, phosphorus, magnesium, zinc, and sodium. It is not surprising then that the beans provide enormous health benefits, the most important of which are as follows:
- Cleansing of the digestive tract.
Blackeye beans contain a lot of soluble fiber that helps remove not only cholesterol, but also a variety of toxins from the digestive tract.
- The rich content of phytoestrogens.
They are rich in phytoestrogens (substances that are perceived by the body as an analogue of the hormone estradiol). Studies have found that phytoestrogens prevent breast cancer in women and prostate cancer in men. They can also reduce hot flashes and other issues relate to menopause.
- Reducing sugar in the blood.
These beans contain arginine that is capable of reducing the amount of sugar in the blood. Thus, arginine is a kind of substitute for insulin, which is necessary for people suffering from diabetes.
- Increases the hemoglobin.
Blackeye beans are a rich source of albumin. Therefore, the regular consumption of these beans increases the level of hemoglobin in the blood.
1 oz (28 g) of blackeye beans contains:
- Calcium – 18.2 mg (1.55% of RDA)
- Vitamin B9 (folic acid) – 14.84 mg (1.4% of RDA)
- Magnesium – 16.24 mg (21.6% of RDA)
- Sodium – 1.12 mg (0.4% of RDA)
- Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) – 9.24 mg
- Vitamin PP – 0.336 mg (5.04% of RDA)
- Potassium – 60.2 mg (7.7% of RDA)
RDA – Required Daily Amount