Health Benefits Of The Black Turtle Beans

Nutrition - (on June 12, 2015 12:34 PM)

A small, shiny black member of the bean family, the black turtle beans, are a popular part of Latin American cuisines where they have been grown and consumed since thousands of years. Food historians indicate that European explorers introduced them to the rest of the world because they were low in cost and easy to grow and now they are used in South Louisianian (Cajun and Creole) and Punjabi (South Asian) cuisines as well.


Further studies on the black turtle beans have made them famous among vegetarians and diet experts as the world healthiest bean and this article is meant to make you understand why you should add them to your healthy diet.



Health Benefits Of The Black Turtle Beans

  1. Black turtle beans are an extremely high source of soluble fiber and protein. This makes them very good for digestive health, regulation of the blood sugar, reducing blood cholesterol levels and preventing heart attacks and strokes. They are one of the best food for vegetarians.

  2. Black turtle beans are rich in minerals and vitamins such as calcium, iron, manganese and vitamin A. This makes them very good for the bones and teeth, muscles to store and use oxygen, nervous system and cell functions.

  3. Black turtle beans have Flavonoids specially Anthocyanin. These are antioxidants which are one of the first lines of defense that our body uses against free radicals induced cell damage.

  4. Black turtle beans have Omega-3 fatty acids. These polyunsaturated fatty acids help reduce the amount of bad “LDL” cholesterol.

  5. Black turtle beans are equipped with high amounts of folic acid. Folic acid helps the body to produce new cells and also prevents changes to DNA that may lead to cancer.

  6. Black turtle beans have exceptionally high levels of molybdenum, a rare mineral to be found in foods. Molybdenum is used in many essential body functions and is also used to prevent erectile and sexual dysfunction.

  7. Black turtle beans with the help of Omega-3 fatty acids improve the blood flow, lower blood pressure and also lower the oxidative stress on the heart.

  8. Black turtle beans help prevent many types of cancers if you add them to your daily diet because they are antioxidant rich.

  9. Black turtle beans with the help of the fiber and protein content in them improve digestive functions, relieve constipation and help with weight loss.

  10. Black turtle beans prevent headaches.

  11. Black turtle beans help prevent neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.

  12. Black turtle beans aid pregnant women by helping them in the development of a healthy fetus through the amount of folic acid present in them. A healthy fetus provides solid protection to the baby in the womb.


Note: Black turtle beans should always be soaked in water and cooked properly before consumption. This helps in neutralize the affect of phytic acid and Oligosaccharides which are present in the bean and harmful to the human body.

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