Anasazi beans were first cultivated in New Mexico thousands of years ago and have been passed on through generations of Native American tribes and in the Southwest region of the U.S. They were first found during a cave exploration in the mid-1900s in a small clay pot. That gives them their other name – cave beans.
These beans turn pink when cooked and have incredible health benefits.
Anasazi beans have a high nutritional value. They are packed with protein, potassium, iron, fiber and calcium and can help you out a lot. If you don’t believe us, here are some facts:
Firstly, anasazi beans help out with treating and preventing diabetes. They provide a steady source of glucose, protein and fiber which is excellent for diabetics. They are a natural glucose binder which helps you manage your blood sugar.
Secondly, anasazi beans help out with fighting cancer. They have antiproliferative and antimutagenic compounds which reduce the risk of cancer and it’s spreading. During a study, it was found out that when three patients were given anasazi beans, the protein compound in the bean helps to kill cancerous cells.
Thirdly, anasazi beans help with combating inflammation. Eating them daily can help out with fighting bodily inflammation, which is the primary indicator of an incoming disease. In fact, several studies have proven that people with high fiber diets tend to lose weight more easily, have decreased CRP levels and beneficial bacteria.
Finally, anasazi beans are best to be purchased dried. You need to soak them overnight before cooking to make them softer. Once they are soaked, you need to boil them for around 10 minutes to an hour, depending on the recipe. Here is another thing which is great about them: they take less time to cook than other beans.
If you are amazed by these beans as we are, try out making a few meals out of them. Some suggestions we recommend are Spicy Bean Dip, Turkey Chilly, Pumpkin and Anasazi Bean Stew, and Anasazi Bean Soup with Avocado-Radish Salsa.