Lima beans (Leguminocae)
ORIGIN & VARIETIES
Lima beans also known as Butter beans (in the UK) are known to have originated in Lima, Peru over 7000 years ago. Lima beans, black beans, haricot, kidney, mung, pinto and string beans are all members of the Phaseolus vulgaris variety. They hold a dense cream color, are flat, oblong and slightly curved. Commonly white, varieties exist in black, green, purple , red or brown.
Today, the largest producers of these dried common beans are India, China, Indonedia, Brazil and the US.
ANTI CANCER /BREAST
In comparison to a long list of known antioxidants founds in blueberries, broccoli, apples, onions and more, beans and lentils are the only ones to actively protect against breast cancer. Get cooking!
The high fiber content in common beans stabilises sugar levels and prevents spikes so are great for diabetes candidates, people with high insulin levels or hypoglycemia.
FLUSH THE SYSTEM
Dried beans relieve the kidneys and are great diuretics.
The adzuki bean in particular ensures good bowel movement, interrupts diarrhea and liberates the digestive tract from toxins. They also interrupt vomiting.
Dried beans are very rich in protein, happy veggies!
REPAIR & REPLENISH
Dried beans provide the right aid to the proper function of our organs. They are nutritious and regenerate our nervous system. Aren’t they soothing!
In vitamins and minerals these beans contain iron, manganese, copper, phosphorus, magnesium, zinc, selenium, calcium, potassium and vitamins B9, B1, B2, B5 B6 & E.
A good source of fiber, common beans lower cholesterol levels.
Also rich in antioxidants, folic acid, vitamin B6 and magnesium, they help lower levels of homocysteine which in high levels cause heart attacks, strokes and peripheral vascular diseases.
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