Black Beans

black-beansBlack beans, also known as turtle beans, are considered one of the healthiest beans in the legume family. They are full of antioxidants and are a great addition to a well balanced diet. Black beans are very common in Central and South American cuisine.

Health Benefits of Black Beans

Good for healthy bones:

The iron, phosphorous, calcium, magnesium, manganese, copper, and zinc in black beans can all help to build and maintain good bone strength.

Fibre:

As like all beans, black beans are high in fibre which can help improve blood sugar levels so they are great for anyone suffering from type 2 diabetes. Fibre is also great for anyone who is suffering from irritable bowel syndrome and they can relieve constipation.

Weight Loss:

Due to the high fibre content, black beans keep you fuller for longer so they are ideal if you are trying to eat less and lose a few pounds.

Cooking Tips for Cooking Black Beans

  • Soak the beans in cold water overnight. This is not a must but it does bring down the cooking time.
  • Rinse beans thoroughly the next morning and cover with fresh water in a pot. Fill the water to the top of the pot, as the beans will absorb a lot of the water.
  • Bring to the boil.
  • Once the beans have come to the boil, skim off any foam that appears on the top of the water with a wooden spoon.
  • Reduce to a simmer and cook for between one and one and a half hours. You will know the beans are cooked when they are soft. Cooking time may vary depending on the freshness of the beans
  • Salt the beans once they are cooked.
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