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What Are Broad Beans

  1. Broad Beans are also called fava beans.
  2. Broad beans are native to Africa and south west Asia but are now grown all over the world.
  3. Broad Beans Height – 0.5 – 1.8 metres
  4. Broad beans have a high protein content.
  5. In European folkore it brings good luck to plant your broad beans on Good Friday.
  6. Broad Beans are a rich source of vitamin C.
  7. Broad beans, as well as the wine and liver, are foods that are not supposed to be eaten if taking MAO inhibitors (type of drug used to treat depression).
  8. Broad Beans is evidence that these beans became part of the eastern Mediterranean diet
  9. Broad Beans are very high in protein and energy as in other beans and lentils.
  10. Broad Beans however have plentiful of health benefiting antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and plant sterols.
  11. Broad Beans are very rich source of dietary fiber (66% per100g RDA) which acts as bulk laxative that helps to protect the mucous membrane of the colon by decreasing its exposure time to toxic substances as well as by binding to cancer causing chemicals in the colon.
  12. Dietary fiber has also been shown to reduce blood cholesterol levels by decreasing re-absorption of cholesterol binding bile acids in the colon.
  13. Broad beans are rich in phyto-nutrients such as isoflavones and plant-sterols.
  14. Isoflavones such asgenistein and daidzein have been found to protect breast cancer in laboratory animals. Phytosterols especially ß-sitosterol help lower cholesterol levels in the body.
  15. Broad Beans contain Levo-dopa or L-dopa, a precursor of neuro-chemicals in the brain such as dopamine, epinephrine and nor-epinephrine.
  16. Dopamine in the brain is associated with smooth functioning of body movements. Getting adequate Broad Beans in the diet may help prevent Parkinson’s disease and dopamine responsive dystonia disorders.
  17. Broad Beans are excellent source of folates. Folate along with vitamin B-12 is one of the essential components of DNA synthesis and cell division. Adequate folate in the diet around conception and during pregnancy may help prevent neural-tube defects in the newborn baby.
  18. Broad Beans also contain good amounts of vitamin-B6 (pyridoxine),thiamin (vitamin B-1), riboflavin and niacin.
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www.hardtobeet.com

www.livestrong.com

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What Are Broad Beans