“Phaseolus lunatus”, commonly called lima beans or butter beans, are popular legumes that are known for their meaty texture and mild buttery flavor. They are generally cream or green in color and have a starchy, potato-like taste. You may also find seeds that feature different colors, like red, purple, white, brown or black. Although the beans are commonly available in their dried and canned forms, fresh varieties are also not hard to find, especially when they are in season (summer and fall). These highly nutritious beans provide protection against a number of diseases and ailments and are particularly beneficial for the cardio-vascular system and the digestive system.
Lima beans are a good source of protein and provide all the eight essential amino acids required for maintaining a healthy life. Also, they help promote optimal health of the human body.
Lima beans are excellent sources of natural antioxidants called anthocyanins. Studies have indicated that the darker the outer skin color of the beans, the higher would be the concentration of these antioxidants in them.
These beans prove to be a good source of both soluble and insoluble dietary fiber. It is a known fact that bile acids present in the intestines are required for the synthesis of cholesterol in the body. The prime action of these dietary fibers is to bind with the bile acids and slow down the metabolism of carbohydrates. This way, the blood cholesterol levels in the body are reduced. The soluble fiber in lima beans absorbs water from the intestines and produces a gel-like substance. This substance lowers the metabolism of carbohydrates in the human body. As a result, these sugars are absorbed slowly from the intestines, preventing the sudden spike of blood sugar level after meals. Hence, regular intake of lima beans is very beneficial, especially for people suffering from diabetes (insulin resistance). The iron present in these beans helps in the process of respiration at the cellular level. A good source of magnesium, lima beans helps relieve fatigue, by promoting the relaxation of muscles, nerves and blood vessels. This is very essential for relieving the symptoms of asthma, muscle soreness & even migraine headaches. The beans also have high levels of the trace mineral, copper. A good source of molybdenum, lima beans help in the process of detoxification of sulfites from the blood.
In a few weeks, I’ll be posting some of my Lima Beans Recipe :pump-;):