Broad beans are a lovely bumper crop in many parts of Europe and the US, but it’s an ingredient that’s often overlooked in modern cuisine.
Digestive system health, heart & circulation
Like all legumes, broad beans are very high in fibre, which delivers benefits to two body systems. Firstly, high-fibre foods benefit digestion by ensuring regularity. The fibre attracts water and swells in the digestive tract, which strengthens the natural contractions of the gut wall and keeps everything moving along nicely. The fibre content also benefits the cardiovascular system, as it helps to carry cholesterol out of the gut, and can reduce total cholesterol levels. Broad beans are also very rich in potassium, which helps reduce blood pressure.