Navy bean is a very common type of kidney bean. It is also known as yankee bean or Boston bean. Like all other kidney beans (pinto beans, lima beans etc.), navy beans is also a nutrient-dense food. It is a very healthy addition to your daily diet. As the navy beans are rich in various nutrients, there are many health, hair and skin benefits of them.
Benefits of Navy Beans:
The most common health, hair and skin benefits of navy beans are as follows:
1. Heart-Healthy Food:
Navy beans are very low in fat. This makes them a very heart-healthy food. These beans are also a rich source of folate, dietary fiber and magnesium which are helpful in reducing the risk factor of stroke, heart attack and peripheral vascular diseases.
2. Low GI:
Navy beans have a low GI or Low Glycemix Index. Therefore, it causes a very small rise in blood sugar after the meal, taking you away from the risk of heart attack and diabetes. It also acts as an aid in weight control.
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3. Digestive Disorders:
Navy beans are enriched with dietary fibers. This helps in preventing various digestive disorders like constipation, diverticulosis and irritable bowel syndrome. Dietary fibers present in it are very helpful in improving the digestion.
4. Hair fall & Hair Growth:
Navy beans are a great source of potassium and iron. The potassium content in it helps in fighting hair fall while the iron promotes the hair growth and maintains the good health of hair.
5. Inflammatory Diseases:
Inflammatory diseases are a common scenario these days. With regular consumption of navy beans, you can reduce the risk of inflammatory diseases. As navy beans are rich in copper, they help in reducing the risk of these diseases.
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6. Weight Loss:
If you wish to shed those extra pounds of your body without falling sick & deficient of major nutrients, then navy beans are a good option. These are fat-free and low-calorie in nature. They also contain various complex carbs that stop your body from gaining unnecessary weight and also provide the required amount of energy. Therefore, you can easily include navy beans in your weight loss diet.
7. Healthy Skin:
Navy beans are amongst the best food sources of copper. Copper acts as an anti-oxidant which helps in maintaining the healthy skin. Antioxidants play a very important role in attaining healthy and glowing skin naturally.
These were some of the well known navy beans benefits. The most important thing you should keep in mind is to never eat navy beans in its raw form. If you eat uncooked navy beans, you may fall ill. Make sure that you cook the beans properly before eating. You can soak these beans for 8-9 hours (or overnight) before cooking. This not only makes the cooking process easier and faster but it will also help in better digestion process.
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It is also very important that you take proper amount of beans to cook. 1 cup dried beans makes approx. 2.5 to 3 cups of cooked beans. So you will need to plan the ingredients of your dish according to the quantity of the beans.
I never knew that navy beans are so good for the overall health and have so many health, skin and hair benefits associated with them. I am surely going to include this wholesome healthy food in my diet. What about you? Feel free to share your views via comments section below.
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