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1LB Mojo Wish Beans (Dried Fava Beans)

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1 Lb Mojo Wish Beans (Vicia faba)

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Health Benefits:

A nutrient-rich legume, fava beans are high in protein and dietary fiber, very low in fat, free of saturated fat and an excellent food source of many nutrients essential for human health, such as vitamins and minerals. Fava beans, when eaten as part of an overall healthy diet, may offer cardiovascular benefits and aid in weight management. Lectins are proteins found in many plant foods, and research has shown that those from broad beans may alter the behaviour of cancer cells in the colon. They attach to carbohydrate molecules before being absorbed into the cells lining the colon during digestion. They appear to be able to modify the behaviour of cancerous cells, halting the disease process, as well as inhibiting the multiplication of these cells.

Nutrient-Rich

According to Fruits and Veggies More Matters, fava beans are a nutrient-dense food, meaning they provide lots of nutrients essential for proper body function without being rich in calories. These beans are a good food source of vitamin B1 or thiamin, iron, copper, phosphorus, potassium and magnesium, meeting 10 to 19 percent of the recommended daily value, or DV, for each per 1/4 cup. Vitamin B1 is important for a nervous system function and energy metabolism; iron is an essential component of a protein responsible for oxygen transport in the bloodstream; and copper, along with iron, helps to form red blood cells. Copper also plays a role in keeping your blood vessels, immune system and bones healthy. Phosphorus and magnesium are important for maintaining strong bones, and magnesium, along with potassium, helps regulate blood pressure. 

Fava beans are also an excellent food source of folate, and manganese, supplying over 20 percent of the DV for these nutrients per 1/4 cup. Folate supports immune system function, cardiovascular health and helps form red blood cells. Manganese is needed for the metabolism of carbohydrates, proteins and cholesterol.

Promote Heart Health

In addition to being an excellent source of nutrients that support cardiovascular health, fava beans are high in dietary fiber, providing 9 g per 1/4 cup. Legumes such as lima beans are a source of both types of dietary fiber, soluble and insoluble, but are particularly rich in soluble fiber. Consuming soluble, fiber-rich foods may help improve your blood sugar and cholesterol levels. Soluble fiber is particularly effective at lowering low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels, commonly referred to as "bad" cholesterol.

Aid Weight Management

Fava beans are also high in protein, offering 10 g per 1/4-cup serving. According to a study published in 2010 in the "European Journal of Clinical Nutrition," overweight or obese individuals who followed a calorie-controlled, high-protein, high-fiber diet lost more weight than those on a standard calorie-controlled, high-carbohydrate, low-fat diet. Participants included 89 overweight or obese women aged 18 to 65 years, who followed their diets for 10 weeks. Participants on the high-protein, high-fiber diet not only lost more body weight and total fat, but they also enjoyed lower total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol levels. With their combined protein and fiber content, fava beans can help with weight loss.

Ancient Lore:

Known as Saint Joseph Beans, African Wishing Beans, and most commonly as Fava Beans, these beans are among the oldest foods cultivated in the world, reportedly having entered the human diet as a cultivated crop around 6000 BC. They are still quite popular while young and tender in a wide array of culinary uses, and can be found used as such throughout the world. In Ancient times, they were also used in Greece and Rome as a method of voting, with the white and black beans alternatively meaning yes and no. Among the Ubykh culture, they are also a favored tool of divination, and are scattered on the ground and read for this purpose. Today, they are perhaps most common outside of food products in the traditions of Catholic Italians and Sicilians, where it is placed upon the altar on Saint Joseph`s feast day. Also common today, are the Hoodoo traditions wherein this bean derives the name Mojo Wish Bean. It is in this tradition where it is used to grant wishes. Most often, it is carried for seven days as you make your wish, and on the seventh day your wish should come true in some shape or form. In this case it is frequently carried in a flannel bag, though it can also be carried in a pocket or purse. Mojo wish beans have also been used in ritual, particularly where it helps attain that which is desired. This is a 1 oz packet of Mojo Wish Beans.

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