Discover the health benefits of black beans
03/31/2016 / By Tara Paras / Comments
Discover the health benefits of black beans

The next time you do your groceries, you better stock up on black beans — research has now shown that aside from having powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties, black beans also contain a variety of health benefits that could rival even the most nutritionally-packed supplements.

Black beans are rich in antioxidants. Black beans’ medical potency could largely be attributed to its deep dark coating, containing delphinidin, petunidin and malvidin, three important flavonoids with high antioxidant activity.

Black beans are protein-rich. Aside from being a powerful antioxidant, did you know that a cup of black beans contains a whopping 15 grams of protein? Health buffs can now rejoice, since consuming a couple of servings of these beans is definitely more than enough to satisfy anyone’s daily protein fix.

These beans are also good for your digestive system. Studies have demonstrated that black beans are good for our digestive system, especially the colon. They also give a longer feeling satiation, which can curb your cravings all day long. As explained by Organic Facts, “Black beans are great for regulating digestive issues because they contain unusually high levels of protein and fiber for such a small bean, making them a ‘super food’ of sorts. Protein and fiber both help food move through the digestive tract, allowing it to have its nutrients removed and then the waste expelled in a healthy way. Black beans are also digested slower than meat, which has a similar protein content, so eating beans can leave you satisfied longer. In this way, black beans can clean out a digestive system and help prevent overeating.”

By adding these tasty beans to your diet, you can lower your risk for heart attack. Black beans have high concentrations of soluble fiber, which can help lower blood cholesterol. Lowering blood cholesterol can reduce thickening of the artery walls, which in turn can prevent heart attacks and strokes. Moreover, they also have slightly anti-hypertensive effects, which can improve blood flow, lower blood pressure, and put less strain on the cardiovascular system as a whole.

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