A serving of fava beans packs 106% of the daily requirement of folates, important for preventing birth defects.
Fava beans, sometimes called horse beans or broad beans (español: habas) come from a species of flowering plant in the Fabaceae pea and bean family. It is widely cultivated as a crop for human consumption. Eating these beans regularly may have benefits for symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, help prevent birth defects, boost immunity, aid weight loss and lower cholesterol levels and blood pressure.
Nutrition Facts: 3.5 oz (100 g) of fava beans
calories 341 calcium 10% DV carbohydrates 58.29 g copper 41% DV fat 1.53 g fiber 25 g folate 106% DV iron 52% DV magnesium 54% DV manganese 77% DV niacin 19% DV phosphorous 60% DV potassium 23% DV protein 26.12 g riboflavin 28% DV selenium 12% DV sodium 1% DV thiamine 48% DV zinc 33% DV vitamin B6 28% DV vitamin C 2% DV vitamin K 9% DV
The scientific name of chaya (español: chaya) is cnidoscolus aconitifolius. It is known as Chaya or Mayan Tree Spinach. It is a large fast-growing perennial shrub that is believed to have originated on the Yucatan peninsula. Chaya can be cooked just like spinach, and is an excellent addition to a stir-fry. in stir-fries! It is high in protein, vitamins, calcium, iron and antioxidants. The leaves must be cooked; raw leaves are toxic. In folk medicine, chaya is recommended for diabetes, obesity, kidney stones, hemorrhoids, acne, and eye problems. Chaya shoots and leaves serve as a laxative, diuretic, and circulation stimulant. They are used to improve digestion, to stimulate lactation, and to harden the fingernails. Like most food plants such aslimabeans, cassava, and many leafy vegetables, the leaves contain hydrocyanic glycosides, a toxic compound easily destroyed by cooking. Even though some people eat raw chaya leaves, it is risky to do so.
Chaya is believed to have these and other health benefits:
Improve blood circulation Aid digestion Improve vision Help lower cholesterol Help reduce weight Prevent coughs Increase calcium Decongest and disinfect lungs Prevent anemia Improve memory and brain function Combat arthritis Improve glucose metabolism and prevent diabetes.
Broccoli (español: brocolí) (Brassica oleracea) is a cruciferous vegetable related to cabbage, kale, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts. It is high in fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K, iron, and potassium. It also boasts more protein than most other vegetables. Broccoli may be eaten raw, but recent research suggests that gentle steaming is best for maximum health benefits. Steaming also eliminates the risk of contaminaton. Broccoli is low in calories and high in fiber, protein and Vitamin C. It also contains numerous other vitamins and minerals in smaller amounts. In fact, it provides a little bit of almost every nutrient you need.
Nutrition Facts: 1 cup (91 g) raw broccoli
calories 31 carbohydrates 6 g calcium 10 mg copper 10% DV fat 0.4 g fiber 2.4 g protein 2.5 g vitamin C 140% DV
Amaranth (español: amaranto) is a pseudocereal grown for its edible starchy seeds; it is not in the same botanical family as true cereals such as wheat and rice. Amaranth can be boiled and eaten as a cereal like oatmeal or added to granola and many other dishes. It must be cooked in order to be digested. Amaranth, which is gluten-free, is a good source of fiber, protein, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus and iron.
Nutrition Facts: 1 cup (246 g) cooked amaranth
calories 250 carbohydrates 46 g copper 18% DV fat 5.2 g iron 29% magnesium 40% DV manganese 105% DV phosphorous 36% DV protein 9.3 g selenium 19% DV
When I switched to plant-based living after a lifetime of meals planned around a main course of meat, I immediately felt positive effects and found it surprisingly easy, even fun, to change my habits and explore new ways of enjoying food. Fruit and Stuff is a collection of some of the many things I have learned since I started the journey.
Even if you are not ready to give up meat, you will benefit from adding more plant foods to your daily meals. I hope you’ll find something useful here.
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