Many of us are already aware that beans can be a great addition to a healthy diet - and if you're serious about weight loss or filling your life with vitality, following a healthy diet is the most important thing you can do. Although many different types of beans are available, adzuki beans are definitely one of the best, as they have less fat than other types and also the highest levels of protein. Adzuki beans are also sometimes called aduki or azuki beans; they are a dark red/brown in appearance, with a white stripe along one edge. Adzuki beans have many different benefits to offer a healthy diet, and are a fantastic source of many essential nutrients and a great weight loss tool.
Adzuki beans - why are they so good for you?
Adzuki beans are high in soluble fibre, and rich in many different nutrients, including potassium, niacin, thiamine, riboflavin and several other members of the vitamin B family. They’re also a fantastic source of magnesium, zinc, iron, copper and manganese.
By incorporating adzuki beans into your healthy diet, the high levels of soluble fibre will help you to enjoy regular and comfortable bowel movements, which means that waste is removed from the body efficiently and effectively. This, in turn, helps to remove bad cholesterol from the bloodstream, which will help you to feel more alert and help to keep lethargy and tiredness at bay. Their benefits for the removal of waste also extends to the kidneys, as they have a diuretic effect which means that our bodies are able to excrete toxins more quickly. This means that they're a great addition in the healthy diet of people suffering from bladder or kidney problems.
If one of your main intentions of following a healthy diet is to achieve weight loss, then you really need to consider these beautiful little beans! They're great for weight loss because their high levels of protein will help you to feel fuller for longer, which means that you won't be reaching for sugary snacks! Because they're so low in fat, this also helps weight loss as it means that you won't be ingesting high levels of calories. What's more, adzuki beans help your body to maintain a good, strong metabolism, so they have the additional weight loss benefit of allowing your body to process food quickly and efficiently.
Adzuki beans - how should I try them in my healthy diet?
Adzuki beans are incredibly tasty, so you can enjoy them as part of a healthy diet without compromising on flavour. It's hard to believe that something so full of nutrients can taste so good - but these fabulous beans offer a delicious sweet and nutty flavour which can work well in soups, stews, and even cold, in salads.
Because here at Kirsty's we understand that it can be hard to find time to cook fresh food when you're trying to juggle many other responsibilities, we've developed a tasty range of healthy ready meals which incorporate many nutrient rich and healthy foods for your eating pleasure! So if you'd like to try to adzuki beans but you're not sure where to start, why not grab one of our Moroccan Vegetables and Quinoa ready meals for a true taste sensation!