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Fava Beans

Mar. 25, 2020

Fava beans, also known by other names, such as broad beans, faba beans, and Vicia faba, belong to the family of pea and beans, which is Fabaceae. They come in various forms and varieties, including in pods, dried, canned, and frozen. They have been a popular part of people diet, mainly because of their rich protein content; but have gained widespread attention all over the world for their slightly sweet and earthy flavor, and of course, the health benefits, which we will learn about in detail below.

Fava beans, being rich in manganese, copper, zinc, and calcium, are known to help improve bone health. As per research, one single cup with a 100 gram serving of fava beans contains 43 mg of manganese. Manganese helps in reducing calcium deficiency in the body, thereby reducing the risk of bone-related ailments like osteoporosis and bone loss in older women.

Fava beans are a rich source of copper, which is an important mineral to regulate the production and growth of healthy blood cells. Copper also promotes the functioning of white blood cells, which destroy the disease-causing pathogens in the body. Research also reveals how broad beans can promote antioxidant or free-radical fighting abilities in people as they age.

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