Black beans are excellent for regulating insulin because of their high levels of soluble fiber. Dietary fiber is great for slowing down the entry of glucose into the bloodstream. This keeps your pancreas from producing more insulin because there is less glucose in your bloodstream. Because of this feature, black beans are excellent for people with diabetes, insulin resistance or hypoglycemia, especially organic black beans.
Besides fiber, black beans are full of antioxidants. According to researchers, the darker the beans, the more antioxidant it contains. Antioxidant is important for reducing the effects of free-radicals which are known to cause many chronic health problems. Antioxidant combined with fiber is one of the best natural ways to regulate insulin and lower your risk of heart disease.
If you want to increase your protein intake, black beans are good sources of protein. Their proteins are high quality and don’t come with the nasty saturated fat that contains environmental toxins. Most animals fed with conventional food have a lot of environmental toxins in their systems. When you eat these animals, you are also consuming these harmful toxins. Other nutrients found in black beans are folate, molybdenum, tryptophan, manganese, vitamin B1, magnesium, phosphorus and iron.
The high levels of iron in black beans is great for boosting your energy, because it allows your red blood cells to carry more oxygen. Before cooking black beans, soak them overnight to shorten their cooking time, this will also make them easier to digest. The best way to cook them is to use a pressure cooker to reduce the cooking time. Doing this will help preserve many of their nutrients. You can also cook them in a regular pot (with lid) full of water.
Benefits of black beans:
- Help reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke
- Great sources of antioxidants
- Great sources of protein
- Help the body fight cancer
- Help neutralize free radicals
- Help lower cholesterol
- Excellent sources of dietary fiber
- Great sources of iron
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