Reasons to include fava beans in your diet, if you’ve not already
Good for you heart
According to studies, consumption of these fibre rich beans not only keeps your cholesterol levels in check but also controls your blood sugar. Besides, including these fiber variants in your diet that happen to help in lowering the levels of bad cholesterol, thus, you’re keeping your heart away from diseases. A cup full of fava beans can provide your 36 grams of soluble fibre.
Aid weight loss
As per a study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, as fava beans are loaded in high protein and high fiber, their consumption provide better results than high-carbohydrate, low-fat diet. The total fat loss is reported to higher in people who consume fava beans along with a dip in net cholesterol levels.
It may sound strange that these beans could help in combating depression but studies have shown that these beans being rich in amino acid dopamine, can do wonders in improving your mood and thus help in alleviating depressive conditions.
Rich source of vitamin C
As fava beans are loaded with vitamin C, these beans have amazing powerful antioxidant properties. Thus, consumption of fava beans help eliminate the free radicals, which common culprits of causing premature ageing signs such as fine lines, wrinkles, cancers and even weaken your immune system. You get 1.4 mg vitamin C from 100 grams of the raw beans.
Good for pregnant women
Pregnant women can get their iron and calcium requirements easily from fava beans. While the beans meet about 14% of RDA of iron, they are also known to render adequate amount of calcium. Besides, consumption of fava beans also helps keep constipation experienced during pregnancy at bay as these beans are packed with soluble fiber. Image source : Getty