In our healthy promoting diet, black bean is an exceptionally great legume with its unique and solid nutritional profile. They are an excellent source of molybdenum, fat-free high quality protein, dietary fiber, flavonoid anti-oxidants (anthocyanins), vitamins (B1) and minerals (folate, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus and iron). It also contains a small amount of omega-3 fatty acids which is about 3 times more than other beans.
A list of health benefits derived from black beans is as follows:
– detoxifying sulfites (note: sulfites are a type of preservative commonly added to prepared foods)
– lowering cholesterol
– good choice for individual with diabetics, insulin resistance or hypoglycemia
– preventing constipation and digestive disorders.
– rich in antioxidants
– acts as a protection against cancer
– stabilizing blood sugar levels
– increasing your energy
Now, the question is how to incorporate black beans in your meal plan? If you do a search online, you may find a variety of cooking methods for black beans. But today, I share with you a very simple and easy black beans soup which I used to drink as a child.
The recipe is adapted and modified from here.
150g black beans
300g pork ribs
15 nos red dates (removed seeds)
2 slices of ginger
1200 ml water
1) Put black beans in a frying pan and dry fry over a medium-low heat until the beans’ coat starts to crack slightly. Dish up and rinse. (Note: this method is to remove the smoky smell from the beans.)
2) Blanch pork ribs over boiling water. Rinse, drain and set aside.
3) Bring water to a boil and add in all ingredients.When the water re-boils, reduce the heat and simmer for another 2 hours.
4) After 2 hours, turn off the heat and serve.
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