The health benefits of Black Beans are Perhaps less popular and mainstream than other varieties of beans, the black bean aka turtle beans is just as, if not, more jam-packed with health benefits due to its high fiber and protein content, fat free properties and antioxidants than many other types of (colored) beans.
Firstly, the high fiber content in Black Beans helps regulate blood sugar levels and as such, is very beneficial for sufferers of diabetes or hypoglycaemia. Completely fat-free, Black Beans are also a very rich source of protein (great for gym fanatics) but perhaps the most important one of all is its richness in antioxidants.
Antioxidants are essential for destroying free radicals and offers the body protection against heart disease, cancer and aging. According to some studies, Black Beans are so rich in antioxidants that it ranks in first place when calculated on a gram for gram basis, above other varieties of beans including red, brown and yellow. This is due largely in part to the dark skin nature of Black Beans with these darker colors associated with higher levels of flavonoids – a class of metabolites known for high antioxidant activity.
Available throughout the year in dried and canned forms, Black Beans can be used in a variety of applications ranging from salads to stews.