The reputation of black beans as being an unusually healthy food is accurate. These little beans really do pack a huge health punch reported Doctors Health Press on July 22, 2014. In Mexico where beans have long been a staple of diets there are lower rates of obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and other degenerative diseases than elsewhere in the world.
A study of the health benefits of black beans was launched by the National School of Biological Science of the National Polytechnic Institute. The researchers had a goal of evaluating the legume’s antioxidant and antihypertensive qualities. It was observed that there are bioactive peptides in black beans which are beneficial for lowering blood pressure and oxidative stress.
Furthermore the nutritional components of the beans, such as carbohydrates, proteins, starch, fats, and phenolic compounds, have been observed to possess health benefits that prevent health problems with the heart as well as helping to prevent obesity. It has also been found that the proteins which are found in beans remove heavy metals from the body.
The researchers determined that the beans release peptides with antioxidant and antihypertensive properties when they are consumed. This work won the scientists the National Prize in Science and Technology of Food in the business category for
Food Science by the National Council for Science and Technology. It is the aim of this award is to promote research in the food and beverage industry aimed at discovering health benefits of food and drink. The health benefits of black beans can be enjoyed by making them a regular part of your diet.
The common bean originated in parts of Central and South America reports The World's Healthiest Foods. In the 15th century Spanish explorers introduced beans into Europe upon their return from their voyages to the New World. Beans were later spread to Africa and Asia by Spanish and Portuguese traders. Beans have become a very popular food in many cultures throughout the world. Today black beans are a signficant staple in the cuisines of Mexico, Brazil, Cuba, Guatemala and the Dominican Republic. Black beans are both delicious and nutritious wherever they are served.