Beans holds a place of pride in the history of human civilisation. Hard to believe? But, it is true. Beans is one of the earliest crops that our nomadic forefathers ever cultivated. Beans, be it in the form of peas, lentils, Chickpeas, Fava beans etc, were familiar to all the early civilisations that existed in different parts of the world. Even today, beans have a prominent share in world agriculture and are considered as an important ingredient in a balanced diet. Another striking aspect of beans is its variety. They are made available in a range of colours, shapes and sizes. Since they can be dried and stored, beans are used throughout the year. When kept soaked for a couple of hours, they can be brought back to life as water activates the sleeping enzymes and other nutrients.
Eaten in any form; sprouted, cooked, raw, as flour or fermented; beans serve as an excellent source of nutrition. They reduce the cholesterol level considerably. When mixed with nuts or grain, they form a fibre-rich meal. Most of the bean varieties contain less than three percent of fat. Since it is cholesterol free, beans play an important role in fat-restricted diets.
Since they are rich in carbohydrates and protein, the energy supplied by beans will last longer. Most beans contain twenty per cent protein in them.
Beans also provide the most essential nutrients such as Vitamin
B complex and minerals such as iron. A mere one cup of pinto beans is enough to meet two third of the body’s daily folate requirements. So, beans are not only good ‘fillers’ but are also rich ‘nutrient sources’. Now, what are you waiting for? Select your favourite bean from the wide list and start experimenting with recipes. Green beans, wax beans, soybeans, pink beans, French beans, Great Northern beans, winged beans, yard-long beans, kidney beans, Broadbeans, black beans, garbanzo beans, lima beans, navy beans…the list surely seems endless.