Food Product Highlight

Aduki Beans

June 7, 2016

Azuki Beans

A while ago we posted our Top 5 Favorite Legume Salads, which also had a great recipe using Aduki Beans. We love this recipe, and since Aduki beans due to their nutrition and flavor, in our opinion, should be used more often, today’s Product Highlight is all about the small, but nutrient-packed Aduki bean!

  • This small bean is native to East Asia and the Himalayan region and is commonly eaten in Japan, China, Korea, and other Asian nations. Its name, azuki or adzuki (Vigna angularis) comes from the Japanese language. The beans are primarily red in color, but there are also white and black varieties available
  • Half a cup of cooked aduki beans meets 12 percent of the daily value for iron, 13 percent of the daily value for potassium. Iron helps to get oxygen to your muscles and organs and also makes up part of the enzymes that help you digest food. Eating more potassium-rich foods like aduki beans may also help improve your blood pressure
  • The Aduki bean is a great source of protein, especially for vegetarians/vegans, who don’t get protein from animal sources. Proteins break down into essential amino acids that our body needs to create new cells, tissue, and organs for both growth and repair. It’s also a perfect type of food for the more athletic among us, while the beans can also provide an energetic boost and helps build muscle, due to that high protein content
  • The manganese present in Aduki beans is required for many vital functions, including nutrient absorption and reducing PMS Symptoms. Consuming sufficient amount of Aduki beans regularly can help to improve different symptoms of PMS like muscle pain, anxiety, trouble sleeping, tenderness and mood swings. Who knew a serving of Aduki beans is apparently all it takes to stop us having thoughts about punching someone in the face?
  • Aduki beans contain a unique mineral known as molybdenum in quite high concentrations. This is a trace mineral and is not found in many foods, but it plays a crucial part in the detoxification of the liver. Even a half-serving of adzuki beans provides 100% of the daily recommended intake of molybdenum.

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