Mr. & Mrs. Black-eyed Bean (500 gm)
- Black-eyed peas contain Vitamin A: This vitamin, as we know, is essential for eye health. It also strengthens skin and skeletal tissue. In a cup of cooked black-eyed peas, you get nearly 70 milligrams of Vitamin A. Add to this some broccoli, carrot or spinach, and you gift yourself a meal that’s not only delicious, but also rich in vision-boosting nutrients.
- They are rich in B Vitamins: In fact, this particular variety of beans tops the list of Vitamin B9 or folate-rich foods. One cup of cooked black-eyed peas contains about 210 milligrams of folate, which is half the daily recommended intake of this nutrient for both genders. Studies show that folate sourced from food can cut your risk of pancreatic cancer by as much as 60 percent. Folate, which helps with cell formation, is especially important during pregnancy. Black-eyed peas also contain about 12 percent of your daily amount of thiamin, one of the B vitamins.
- They contain digestion-friendly fiber: Eat black-eyed peas and you get soluble fiber, which keeps blood sugar balanced and helps prevent type 2 diabetes. Soluble fiber also binds to cholesterol and carries it out of the body. It protects you from several intestinal disorders as well. One cup of black-eyed beans supplies 21 percent of daily intake of fiber to men, and 32 percent to women.
- They endow you with potassium: The third most abundant mineral in the human body, potassium, brings relief from stroke, blood pressure, heart and kidney disorders, anxiety and stress. It also enhances muscle strength, metabolism, water balance, electrolytic functions and nurtures the nervous system. This is one essential mineral that we all must get in adequate amounts. Just one cup of cooked black-eyed peas gives you 18 percent of your daily potassium intake.
- Black-eyed peas are a good source of protein: Especially if you follow a vegetarian diet, consider including black-eyed peas in your diet. Just half a cup of dry and cooked black-eyed beans gives you 6.7 grams of protein, which supports most of the parts of your body, including muscles, skin, hair and nails. In addition, protein helps cells grow and repair and provides energy to your body.
How to consume:
Soaking is not essential for black-eyed peas, but cooking time can be shortened if they get a quick soak in hot water (as opposed to a longer one in cold water, like other beans). Place dried peas in a pot, cover with water, and bring to a boil for 2-3 minutes. Remove pot from heat and allow to stand for 60-90 minutes. Drain water and replace with fresh, cold water for cooking – or if you skipped the hot-soaking step, just rinse and add cold water. Place on stove and bring to a boil in a pot with a lid. Once boiling, reduce to a simmer, tilting the lid slightly to allow steam to escape, and leave to cook for up to an hour, or until tender.
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