Broad beans: properties, nutritional values, calories

Broad beans they are the seeds of the Vicia faba plant, belonging to the Leguminosae family. They can be eaten fresh or dried and thanks to the presence of Levodopa, they are uused in the therapy of Parkinson's disease. Let's find out better.

> 1. Properties and benefits of beans

> 2. Calories and nutritional values ​​of beans

> 3. Allied with

> 4. Curiosities about broad beans

> 5. A recipe up your sleeve

Broad beans: properties, nutritional values, calories



Bean properties

Fresh broad beans are a very nutritious legume as well low in calories; dried broad beans are about 4 times more caloric than fresh ones.
Fresh broad beans contain Levodopa (or L-dopa), an amino acid that helps improve concentration of dopamine in the brain.

Levodopa is the active ingredient of the main drugs used in the therapy of Parkinson's disease; le fave, quindi, sono attualmente oggetto di diversi studi che hanno lo scopo di valutare l’effettivo beneficio che possono apportare nell questa patologia.

Broad beans have a good share of iron and Vitamin C which favors its absorption, are therefore indicated in anemia. Being very rich in dietary fiber favor the proper functioning of theintestine. I am also diuretic and beneficial for the kidneys and urinary tract.


Calories and nutritional values ​​of beans

100 g of beans contain 41 kcal / 171 kj.

Furthermore, for every 100 g of this product we have:

  • Water 83,9 g
  • G carbohydrates 4,5
  • Sugars 2,2 g
  • 5,2 g protein
  • 0,5 g fat
  • Cholesterol 0 g
  • Total fiber 5 g
  • Sodium 17 mg
  • Potassium 200 mg
  • Iron 1,7 mg
  • Calcium 22 mg
  • Phosphorus 93 mg
  • Vitamin B1 0,11 mg
  • Vitamin B2 0,19 mg
  • Vitamin B3 1,27 mg
  • Vitamin A 11 µg
  • Vitamin C 33 mg


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Curiosities about broad beans

  • Broad beans have always been linked to super-cute beliefs. It is said that Pythagoras he preferred to be captured by his assassins rather than to seek safety in a field of beans. According to a widespread belief in the country, however, finding 7 seeds (instead of 6) in a bean pod brings good luck.
  • Fresh broad beans can be frozen after blanching them.
  • In people with favism even just entering a place where they are present can be harmful Fava beans.


A recipe with broad beans

Fresh broad beans can be eaten raw or boiled. Dried broad beans should preferably be accompanied by vegetables. In Puglia a recipe is very common: le broad beans with turnip tops.

Ingredients for 4 people:

  • 300 grams of dried broad beans,
  • half a kilo of turnip greens,
  • toasted bread,
  • extra virgin olive oil,
  • salt.

Pocedimento: prepare a purée with the dried broad beans and boil the turnip greens in salted water. Put mashed broad beans and turnip greens in the same dish, drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and serve with toasted bread croutons.


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