Eat More Beans
The Honest Challenge
Our mission here at Bean HQ is to set ourselves a different challenge every other week, mostly to keep us out of trouble! We’ve decided to call it ‘The Honest Challenge’ and we promise to stick to it for the full 7 days. You’re more than welcome to join in with us, or simply watch from a distance… either way, we want to put it to the test and see if it can fit into our usual routine.
This past week we decided to challenge ourselves to ‘eat more fava beans’. The main ingredient in our brilliant dip deserves to be championed and so we became dedicated to finding different ways of eating more of them, for a full week. This is actually more difficult to do than it sounds, especially in a creative and tasty way. From falafel to bean burgers, we’ve tried it all… check out the recipes we created on our Instagram in the fava recipes highlight.
What’s the difference?
To provide a little context, fava beans (or field beans), are from the same Fabaceae species as its better-known cousin, the broad bean. Typically, broad beans are picked and eaten fresh in the late spring, whilst the smaller fava beans are left to dry on the plant before being picked in the early autumn.
A better bean
Approximately 740,000 tonnes of fava beans are harvested every year, which is worth almost £100 million to the UK economy per annum. Most of these are widely exported (think of the food miles!), so here at Honest Bean Co, we decided to make the most of what we have on our doorstep and whizz the mighty fava bean into our dips. Fava beans also supply their own nitrogen, reducing the need for fertilisers and therefore reducing greenhouse gas emissions from crop production. This means a smaller carbon footprint for us and a better, more sustainable bean for the environment.
If that hasn’t convinced you, fava beans are also full of nutritional goodness. Here are some of the main nutritional facts that will make you want to “eat more beans”:
Fava beans are a rich source of dietary fibre (66% per100g RDA), which has been shown to decrease blood cholesterol levels.
They are rich in phytonutrients, which have also been proven to lower cholesterol levels in the body.
Fava beans are also an excellent source of folates which, alongside vitamin B-12 is one of the essential components of DNA synthesis and cell division.
Fava beans are one of the finest sources of minerals, such as iron, copper, manganese, calcium, magnesium.
Finally, fava is one of the highest plant sources of potassium, which helps counter pressing effects of sodium on heart and blood pressure.
So, what’s not to love?
If you’re as passionate about beans as we are and fancy learning more, check out our website to read more about our story.