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Calorie Count In Adzuki Beans

When counting calories in Adzuki beans, also keep in mind its other nutritional benefits. They have almost no saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium. Adzuki beans are also low in sugar and high in fiber and potassium.

  • Calories in Adzuki beans when raw are 100 kcal per serving. If you are cooking Adzuki beans, soak about one cup of dry Adzuki beans in water. Rinse and drain, and then place soaked beans in three and a half cups of water.
    Cover and simmer on a low flame for about 45 minutes to an hour. If you have not pre-soaked the beans, you will need to cook them for close to two hours. Once the beans are soft and cooked, drain the water. This will give you about 3 cups of cooked beans.
  • The calories in cooked Adzuki beans are 224 kcal for approximately one cup.
  • Adzuki beans can also be had in sprouted form. The calories in Adzuki sprouts are 31 kcal per serving.

Nutrition Details of Adzuki Beans

Once Adzuki beans are cooked, they lend a sweet, almost nutty flavor to any dish. Compared to other beans, Adzuki beans are the highest in protein content. They are also an excellent source of vitamin B, manganese, iron, and zinc.

  • Digestive System: You can buy Adzuki beans raw, sprouted or canned. Keep in mind that canned beans are usually preserved in salt. This increases their calorie and sodium content significantly. Always rinse canned Adzuki beans in water a few times before adding them to your meal or cooking them. Many people avoid beans due to the flatulence they tend to cause. However, consuming more beans makes your digestive system better accustomed to them and the flatulence reduces. Introduce beans gradually into your meal plan. Soaking Adzuki beans in water for several hours or overnight will destroy the toxin lecithin that causes this feeling of flatulence.
  • Bowel Movement: Due to the richness of the fiber content, eating Adzuki beans improves bowel movements and overall digestive health. The fiber content of Adzuki beans is highly soluble. This provides bulk to stools and helps bind toxins and waste products. Since the process of excretion improves due to the consumption of Adzuki beans, there is also a subsequent reduction in LDL cholesterol levels. An efficient digestive system can make you feel more energetic and less fatigued and lethargic as well.
  • Kidney Problem: Ancient Chinese medicine has used Adzuki beans to treat problems with the kidneys and bladder. Adzuki beans have a diuretic effect on the body and can strengthen the kidneys by excreting toxins faster. In this way, bladder problems can be treated without resorting to expensive and potentially harmful medications.
  • Cancer: The Chinese also believe that this bean can cleanse your internal system, leaving you more confident and optimistic. Studies show regular consumption of Adzuki beans can combat breast cancer and ailments of the reproductive organs. This happens due to the presence of phytoestrogens in Adzuki beans that can prevent cancerous cells from attacking the body.

AdZuki In your Diet!

Adzuki beans are small, reddish-brown beans that have a white stripe along one edge. Originally from China, these beans are very popular in the Far East, especially Japan and Korea. The Japanese strain of the Adzuki bean is harder and darker than the type grown in America. In Asia, Adzuki beans are generally pounded into a paste and added to dishes and confectionaries. Its neutral taste lends itself to both sweet and savory dishes. In America, this bean is just gaining popularity. Many experts have labeled it the ‘weight loss’ bean, as it is high in nutrients and low in calories. Beans are an excellent substitute for meat as they are high in protein and fiber. They are also a cost effective, healthy alternative and with so many varieties to choose from, beans can offer you a range of tastes to indulge in everyday.

Submitted on January 16, 2014