Winged Bean: Nutrition and Health Benefits
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Winged Bean: Nutrition and Health Benefits

Winged bean also known as four-cornered bean, asparagus pea, goa bean, and manila bean, is a tropical legume plant and a native to Papua New Guinea. It does well in humid tropics with high rainfall. It is popularly known as “Sigarilyas” here in the Philippines and commonly uses by Filipinos in many vegetables dishes.

WINGED BEAN: NUTRITION AND HEALTH BENEFITS

Winged bean also known as four-cornered bean, asparagus pea, goa bean, and manila bean, is a tropical legume plant and a native to Papua New Guinea. It does well in humid tropics with high rainfall. It is popularly known as “Sigarilyas” here in the Philippines and commonly uses by Filipinos in many vegetables dishes.

Winged bean (Psophocarpus tetragonolobus) as popularly known as the Goa bean is a tropical legume found growing abundantly in hot, humid equatorial countries. Thus, one might often come across this plant in countries like India, Burma, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Philippines and Indonesia. Certain varieties of the plant are also found growing abundantly in parts of the America.

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Typically growing as a vine, the plant reaches an average height of 3 to 4 meters and is usually perennial in nature. However, the plant can also be grown as an annual. The skin or the outer covering of the plant is found to be waxy while the flesh in the young pods is slightly translucent. However, when the pods turn slightly mature, they turn into an ash-brown color and finally splits revealing the inner seeds. The flowers on the other hand have a slight blue hue and the beans themselves are renowned for their high nutritional content. One of the greatest uses of this plant is that they help in the process of nitrogen fixation with the aid of the soil bacterium Rhizobium. As a result of its ability to fix nitrogen using a natural process, the plant requires very little or no fertilizers.

Nutritional Value Of Winged Beans

Amount of Winged Beans (mature seeds, raw): 1 cup

Total Weight of Winged Beans: 182 grams

Nutrients Amount

Basic Components

Protein 54.0 g

Carbohydrates 75.9 g

Water 15.2 g

Ash 7.2 g

Calories

Total Calories 3115 KJ

Calories From Fat 1043 KJ

Calories From Carbohydrate

Calories From Protein 1294 KJ

Carbohydrates

Dietary Fiber 75.9 g

Starch 75.9 g

Sugars 75.9 g

Glucose 75.9 g

Sucrose 75.9 g

Fructose 75.9 g

Lactose 75.9 g

Maltose 75.9 g

Galactose 75.9 g

Fats

Total Fat 29.7 g

Saturated Fat 4.2 g

Mono Fat 10.9 g

Poly Fat 7.9 g

Vitamins

Thiamin 1.9 mg

Riboflavin 0.8 mg

Niacin 5.6 mg

Vitamin B6 0.3 mg

Betaine 1.4 mg

Folate 81.9 mcg

Pantothenic Acid 1.4 mg

Minerals

Calcium 801 mg

Copper 5.2 mg

Iron 24.5 mg

Magnesium 326 mg

Manganese 6.8 mg

Phosphorus 821 mg

Potassium 1778 mg

Selenium 14.9 mg

Sodium 69.2 mg

Zinc 8.2 mg

Amino Acids

Alanine 1893 mg

Arginine 3433 mg

Aspartic acid 5801 mg

Cystine 992 mg

Glutamate 7298 mg

Glycine 2075 mg

Histidine 1438 mg

Isoleucine 2672 mg

Leucine 4544 mg

Lysine 3887 mg

Methionine 648 mg

Phenylalanine 2601 mg

Proline 3502 mg

Serine 2248 mg

Threonine 2146 mg

Tryptophan 1387 mg

Tyrosine 2651 mg

Valine 2785 mg

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Health Benefits of Consuming Winged Bean

• Winged beans have the highest calcium content among all legumes and as such, are very beneficial for the human skeletal system. The calcium present in these beans helps in the production and maintenance of the bones and provides strength to overcome diseases and weaknesses.

• Winged beans are also a good source of natural minerals, vitamins (especially A and C), iron and enzymes.

• As a legume, wing bean scores high on protein content. In other words, it proves to be a good source of protein for humans as well as animals.

Tips

• While buying winged beans, make sure that they are not wilted. At the same time, there should be no brown spots on the beans.

• The best way to store winged beans is to keep them in a plastic bag and put inside the refrigerator. They will hold well for 2-3 days.

• Before cooking winged beans, it is advisable to rinse them thoroughly, under cold running water. Then, part them dry, remove the stem and stir-fry.

• The tuber and young leaves of winged beans can be used in salads.

• Winged bean flour can be used as a protein supplement, while making bread.

• The flowers of winged beans can be used to color rice and pastries.

Caution

Although there are no reports of any kind of post-harvest illness, research has indicated that the plant species is highly susceptible to different fungal, viral, bacterial and nematode diseases. Apart from this, there is also a high probability of contamination of stock by mold fungi.

Reference:

http://lifestyle.iloveindia.com/lounge/benefits-of-winged-bean-7579.html

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Comments (7)

Not familiar with this one. Thanks!

I like eating this vegie too. Thanks, good post.

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Thanks Chan and James.

Another patient work, Ron.

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Thanks Will.

Excellent

I have never heard of this vegetable. I wonder if it is possible to purchase it in the states.

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