BLACK BEANS (or black turtle beans) are part of the legume (pulse) family along with chickpeas and lentils. They are black, oval shaped beans that are staples in Mexican and Brazilian dishes. Black beans are cost-effective sources of protein, iron, fibre and micronutrients.
Why are black beans good for you?
We love black beans for their low saturated ‘bad’ fat content, low GI and high fibre content. This has been shown to translate to improved cholesterol and blood glucose levels, and decreased cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer risk. Black beans also contain phytochemicals including antioxidants, which may help protect against disease.
Where can I find it?
Canned black beans (from 80c per 400g can) are usually found in the canned goods aisle and dried black beans can commonly be found in the international foods aisle.
How can I use black beans?
You can use it as a meat replacement (in black bean tacos, black bean burgers), cooked into soups or in Buddha bowls (1/2 cup of cooked legumes counts as a serve of protein). If you’re using dried black beans, soak them overnight or for 6-8 hours to soften them up before boiling. You can cook them in bulk and freeze them for later!
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