While shopping at Whole Foods Market I discovered a “new to me” food, adzuki beans (pronounced “azuki”). I haven’t seen these beans in stores before, so I had to find out if adzuki beans have any health benefits over other beans. Here’s what I’ve found out!
Adzuki beans are grown in East Asia. They are traditionally used for both sweet and savory dishes in East Asia. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, adzuki beans are believed to clear toxins from the body, clear heat from the body, reduce abdominal fullness and swelling due to edema, disperse blood statis, and improve jaundice. Adzuki beans are also high in iron, making it a good food for those who suffer from iron deficiency anemia. Adzuki beans may also promote good spleen and stomach health. They also believed to improve “yang” energy; you may have low yang energy if you have low productivity, are indecisive, are depressed or overly emotional, are controlling, are overly introverted, you tend to hold on to things too long, or have stagnant energy.
Nutritionally, how do adzuki beans compare to other beans? In comparison to mung beans, adzuki beans contain:
– almost twice as much iron
– more than twice as much potassium
– about 25% more magnesium
– almost twice as much phosphorous
– almost 2.5 times more zinc
– about 2 times more copper
– about 2 times more manganese
Mung beans beat adzuki beans in three areas. Mung beans contain less sodium, more selenium, and more vitamin A.
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