Since they boast plant-based protein levels higher than the average in legumes, fresh broad beans are nutritious, restorative and invigorating. It is recommended in many vegetarian and vegan recipes.
Fresh broad beans have high levels of vitamin C and B group vitamins, as well as potassium, iron and magnesium. They also are replete with polyphenols that have strong antioxidant properties and protect us against free radicals.
Being fiber-rich, dried or fresh broad beans help fight diabetes and regulate intestinal transit. Also, they are also recommended in weight-loss diets because they let you feel satiated quickly without being calorie-rich.
Broad bean flowers are used in infusions or in decoctions to soothe renal colic, inflamed prostate and kidney disorders.
Take care, broad beans can trigger a dangerous anemia called favism when they are eaten raw in great quantities for a long time. This note is only intended for persons who carry a hereditary gene mutation and lack the necessary digestive enzyme that usually degrade hemolytic substances (substances that destroy red-blood cells) contained in these seeds.