The Ultimate Guide to Chickpeas

chickpeas

Chickpeas, scientifically known by the name Cicerarietinum, belong to the legume family and have been around for thousands of years in Asian countries. Chickpeas are the seeds of the plant belonging to the pea family (Fabaceae). They are grown for the nutritious seeds of the plant. This type of legume has a … Read more

Everything about Black Beans

Close up picture of Black Turtle Bean

Black beans (Phaseolus vulgaris) are edible seeds that are classified as legumes. Black beans belong to the plant family called Fabaceae (Leguminosae). Black bean is one of the varieties of a Kidney bean and is known by many names like turtle bean, caviar criollo, and frijoles negros. Appearance-wise they are hard and … Read more

A Complete Guide to the Types and Health Benefits of Beans

different types of beans

Belonging to the family of plants known as Fabaceae, the beans and legumes are considered to be a type of fruit or seeds. They are an amazingly rich source of healthy fiber and numerous B vitamins. Beans are deemed an essential and very effective part of weight-loss diet plans as they are … Read more

Interesting Facts about Beans and Pulses

Green legumes

Pulses belong to the legumes family and are referred to as dried seeds. The most common types of pulses include dried beans, peas, and lentils. Moreover, they are packed with fiber and protein with minimal fats. This nutritional property of beans and pulses makes them the most suitable replacement of meat. For … Read more

Everything about Pinto Beans

Pinto beans

Scientifically known as Phaseolus vulgaris, Pinto beans are a common variety of beans. These common beans are an extremely popular ingredient in most of the Mexican dishes. Other beans of this family are kidney beans, navy beans, and black beans. Pinto beans are also commonly known by several other names such as … Read more

Everything about Cranberry Beans

Crimson, a new cranberry dry bean, cultivated by scientists at the Agricultural Research Service

The cranberry bean, also known as the borlotti bean, is a rich nutty-flavored bean that is native to Columbia. Also known by the names of Roman bean, Saluggia bean, Gadra bean, or Rosecoco beans, it is a tan-colored bean streaked with magenta or black and used in various cuisines around the world … Read more

Top Health Benefits of Common Beans

Phaseolus vulgaris, white beans

As children, we have all been regularly commanded to finish our beans. No matter how odd or ridiculous they looked or how repulsed we felt, we had to eat them. Ever wondered why our parents were so stubborn about this whole bean affair? Turns out, there is more to it than just … Read more

Pulses Can Be Beneficial To Reduce LDL

green pulses

Studies have proved that pulses are associated with lower LDL. But before going into details, it is essential to know about LDL and pulses. Pulses Pulses (members of the legume family) are dried edible seeds, which are also known as grain legumes. There are 11 varieties of pulses, recognized by the United … Read more

Peanuts: A Food to Take to Heart

roasted peanuts

A Harvard study found that people who ate a handful of nuts every day lived longer, healthier lives than those who did not eat nuts. Most people think that peanuts belong to the nut family, but in actual it belongs to the legume family. Since peanuts are grown underground, they are considered as ground-nuts. … Read more

The Lovely – and Potentially Lethal – Lupini Bean

The Lovely – and Potentially Lethal – Lupini Bean

If you’re looking for a legume to enlighten your life – check out the Lupini Beans. Lupini beans – also called lupin – were prolific in the ancient Roman diets and in the countries of the Mediterranean region. Today, because of the labor intense process required to soak and detoxify the bitter … Read more

12 Fabulous Fiber Finds

12 Fabulous Fiber Finds

Here are 12 fiber finds to check out: 1 – Pears – most fruits have 2-4 grams of fiber per serving, but a large pear clocks in at 7 grams. How to know when your pear is ready? “Check the neck” says USA Pears. 2 – Lentils – these powerful legumes are … Read more

Peanuts Are Legumes? You’re Nuts!

Peanuts Are Legumes? You’re Nuts!

Originating in South America, peanuts are a legume. They are offered by different names such as earthnuts, groundnuts, and goobers. Peanuts are one of the most popular dried fruits and are mostly eaten raw. The same is the case with the United States as well. Peanuts are offered as roasted or as … Read more

The Jewel of the Mediterranean

The Jewel of the Mediterranean

You hear about it all the time: the Mediterranean Diet. With an emphasis on plants, lean proteins, olive oil, nuts and seeds, the Mediterranean Diet has been linked to lower rates of cardiovascular disease and longer lifespans. But how do you incorporate the Mediterranean principles into your Western lifestyle? A new book … Read more

Kids Now Need Cholesterol Screening

Kids Now Need Cholesterol Screening

The American Academy of Pediatrics recently endorsed the new National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute’s (NHLBI) recommendation to begin screening children for high cholesterol as early as age 9. While the importance of early detection of cardiovascular disease – the number one killer of Americans – cannot be understated, these recommendations do … Read more

Gigantes – The Giant Greek Lima Bean Dish

Gigantes – The Giant Greek Lima Bean Dish

Most Americans know lima beans as the green – usually Fordhook – frozen variety found in our grocery stores. But the Greeks…they know lima beans! “Gigandes plaki” or “Gigantes” is a Greek dish meaning “giant lima beans” baked in a savory tomato sauce. Here’s a great recipe made from dried giant lima … Read more

Edamame: High Fiber & Perfect Protein

Edamame: High Fiber & Perfect Protein

Found mostly in Japanese cuisine, Edamame is actually out of the shell edible soybeans. If you translate the word ‘Edamame’ in English, you will find out that it means ‘beans on branches.’ Edamame is a powerhouse. They are packed with high-fiber, protein, and a moderate amount of calories that make it a … Read more