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Lablab beans

Nutrition data (3.5 oz/100 g)

Proteins0.74 oz/21 g
Fats0.04 oz/1 g
Carbohydrates2.08 oz/59 g
Energy329 kcal

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Despite the fact that this form of legumes is little-known for a Western consumer, this exotic product deserves your attention as its various health benefits are undeniable.  

Lablab beans are a special sort of legumes. The beans have creamy white color and unusual shape with a white comb. Nobody knows exactly when and where lablab originally came from. This crop was cultivated very-very long time ago. It probably originated in the eastern regions of Africa where wild varieties of the plant still grow. The plant requires hot climate conditions, so it is cultivated in the tropical zones of Africa, India and Latin America, where the lablab beans are in great demand.

Cooking

Lablab beans are immensely popular food in India. The crop is used for cooking of salads, soups, main courses and even desserts.  Lablab beans go good with spices, rice and vegetables.

Raw beans are toxic (the concentration of inhibitor tripsin and cyanogenic glycoside is quite high) and can be poisonous, so lablab beans should be boiled to destroy the toxins.

As any other legumes, lablab seeds require long time for cooking, you need to boil the beans more than 1,5 hours to make them soft. Preliminary soaking will help to decrease the time.

Substitution

White beans, kidney beans, black-eyed peas or any other regular beans you use.

Health benefits

Lablab beans are a perfect source of balanced protein, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, zinc, and the vitamins of B and C group.

Being rich in natural antioxidants, lablab reduces the risks of heart deceases and cancer.  

Eating lablab beans also helps to get rid of some digestion problems such as flatulence, colic, nausea and diarrhea. Regular consumption of lablab beans is helpful for lowering the level of blood sugar and cholesterol.

Recent research of American scientists revealed that the beans reduce appetite and may be used for treatment of obesity.

Interesting facts

In the Western countries the lablab is mainly grown as an ornamental plant for its large broad leaves and beautiful fragrant flowers.

In Chinese traditional medicine the flowers of lablab are used against alcoholism and as a treatment of irregular menstrual periods.

 

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