Organic Bean Seeds or “Dry Beans” are an excellent source of:
Protein – between 21 to 25% protein by weight
Dietary Soluble & Insoluble Fiber – “Soluble fiber traps dietary cholesterol inside the digestive tract. The cholesterol is then excreted versus being absorbed, which helps to lower blood levels of LDL cholesterol, especially if LDL cholesterol levels were high to begin with.” “Insoluble fiber, which help attract water to the stool and keeps you regular. This may help to combat constipation, colon cancer, and other digestive health conditions” (Lanza, 2006).
Essential Vitamins and Minerals – Good sources of potassium, copper, phosphorus, iron, manganese, magnesium; water-soluble vitamins thiamin and folic acid and a good source of riboflavin and vitamin B6.
Complex Carbohydrates in the form of starch, resistant starch (digested by beneficial bacteria in the gut), and small amounts of non-starch polysaccharides (also digested by beneficial gut bacteria).
Low Glycemic Index – an ideal food for the management of insulin resistance, diabetes and hyperlipidemia. (Foster-Powell, 2002; Rizdalla, 2002)