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Are black beans healthy?

  1. Black beans, or black turtle beans, are eaten less often in the Netherlands than white and brown beans. Black beans have a thick meat-like structure, which makes them common in vegetarian dishes. Beans have a good reputation for health. But what about black beans, are black beans healthy?

What are black beans?

  1. Officially this bean is called the black tortoise bean, but popularly it is simply called the black bean. It is a very popular ingredient in Latin American cuisine. Black beans are used extensively in Chile for salads and they are added spicy to various Mexican and Spanish meals. It is a bean with a thick flesh-like structure, so it is often used in vegetarian dishes.

Black beans healthy or unhealthy?

  1. Just to make it clear, black beans are super healthy. Black beans belong to the so-called superfoods. Superfoods are foods with high amounts of vitamins, minerals or antioxidants.

Antioxidants

  1. Black beans contain just as many antioxidants as the blue and black currants. Like these berries, the black bean contains a certain group of antioxidants called anthocyanins, their presence in the diet reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer, and other diseases. Anthocyanins also have a positive effect on the brain and memory.

Vitamins

  1. Besides antioxidants, black beans also contain a lot of vitamins. It contains vitamin B1, this is an essential vitamin for the energy supply of the body, the functioning of the heart muscle and the nervous system. Black beans also contain a lot of folic acid or vitamin B11. It is an important vitamin for the growth of the body and the production of both red and white blood cells. This is an important vitamin especially for pregnant women, as it reduces the risk of certain birth defects.

Minerals

  1. Besides the vitamins we also have the minerals, which the black bean is also full of. Black beans, for example, contain magnesium. Magnesium is a mineral that is necessary for bone building, body protein build-up, and the transfer of stimuli in muscles and nerves. It is also important for the proper functioning (stretching and contraction) of muscles, such as the heart muscle. Magnesium is necessary for the proper functioning of a large number of enzymes in the body cells and has an important role in the metabolism or enzyme reactions. It also contains phosphorus, which gives strength to the bones and stimulates energy metabolism. It also contains a lot of iron, iron is important for the formation of hemoglobin, which is necessary for oxygen transport in the blood and the metabolism.

Other benefits

  1. Black beans are extremely rich in protein and fiber, making them ideal as a substitute for meat. Furthermore, it keeps blood sugar at a healthy level, which is an important benefit for persons with diabetes. Black beans also keep cholesterol levels low. Black beans are also often used by avid athletes because of the controlled release of carbohydrates. They provide a lot of energy and are very filling: the first hours after eating a portion of black beans you are not hungry.

Conclusion

  1. It can be concluded that black beans are extremely healthy, they are full of antioxidants, proteins, vitamins and minerals. They have many benefits, they can reduce the risk of cancer and are also perfect meat substitutes for vegetarians or vegans. So this is a relatively unknown product in Western cuisine that is certainly worth adding. So it's time to look for a recipe for a tasty Mexican dish. Time to feast on these super beans.

  2. It can be concluded that black beans are extremely healthy, they are full of antioxidants, proteins, vitamins and minerals. They have a lot of benefits, they can lower the risk of cancer and are also perfect meat substitutes for vegetarians or vegans. This is therefore a relatively unknown product in Western cuisine that is certainly worth adding. So it's time to look for a recipe for a tasty Mexican dish. Time to feast on these super beans.



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