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Lima Beans: The nature’s beans

By Jeanne Dewern                             

Special to CSMS Magazine

Lima Beans sometimes called “butter beans” because of its starchy yet butter texture originated from South America and has a delicate flavor that compliments a variety of South American and Caribbean dishes. The pod of the Lima Bean is flat, and curved, and averaging about three inches in length. Inside the pod are two to three kidney shaped seeds with colors ranging from white, red, purple, and black.

            The Lima bean is a good source of cholesterol-lowering fiber. The Lima beans fiber also prevents blood sugar levels from rising too rapidly after eating any meal, making lima beans a good source in the prevention of diabetes, insulin resistance, and hypoglycemia. Lima beans can also be combined with whole grains such as rice and provide a fat-free protein meal.

            In addition to cholesterol prevention, the lima bean is also proven to lower the risk of heart disease and heart attack in elderly people, according to a study in the Archives of Internal Medicine journal. In the study, about ten thousand participants participated and were followed and monitored by a group of medical doctors for almost twenty years. People who ate about twenty grams of Lima beans per day had twelve percent less chance of receiving coronary heart disease and eleven percent less chance of receiving cardiovascular disease compared to those who only ate only five grams of lima beans daily.

            Lima beans can also increase your energy by replenishing your iron storage. A cup of lima beans contains about twenty five of the daily minerals of iron. Particularly for women in menstrual stages who are at risk for iron deficiency. Iron is an integral component hemoglobin, which transports oxygen from the lungs to all body parts and part of key enzyme systems for energy production and metabolism.

            Furthermore, Lima beans are great source of protein when combined with whole grains such as whole wheat pasta or brown rice. Protein from Lima beans provides your body with blood sugars stabilizing and heart health benefits. A cup of lima beans will provide with about fifteen grams of protein which is approximately thirty percent of the daily protein needed for the body, and all for a cost of 216 calories with virtually not fat preservatives.

Note: Jeanne Dewern is a nutritionist who lives and works in Palm Coast, Florida. She wrote this piece exclusively for CSMS Magazine.

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