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Black Eyed Beans

FRESH BLACK-EYED BEANS

BLACK-EYED BEANS or Black-eyed peas may make a Southern New Year’s Day dish representing good luck, but it would be a shame to limit their consumption to special celebrations. Just 1 cup delivers 20 percent of the daily value of magnesium, calcium and iron, and that’s just the beginning of the nutrition black-eyed peas provide. These legumes contain a wealth of nutrients and are a delicious addition anytime of the year. Like most beans, black-eyed peas are loaded with vitamins and minerals such as potassium, calcium, magnesium, folate and iron. With 11 grams of fiber per one-cup (200-calorie) serving, black-eyed peas certainly give you your money's worth in terms of nutrition, if not future prosperity!

One cup of cooked black-eyed peas, or cow peas, has 160 calories and negligible fat. Their 5 grams of protein represents 9 percent of the recommended daily intake for men and 11 percent for women. As with all legumes, black-eyed peas are especially good sources of soluble fiber, which helps prevent type 2 diabetes by keeping blood sugar balanced after you eat. Soluble fiber also binds to cholesterol and carries it out of the body.