I was browse-reading 7 Nutrients You Need More Of (Wisebread) and nodding my head knowingly as they ran down the list: potassium, calcium, vitamin D, dietary fiber, iron, folate, and Vitamin B12. As expected, they provided a list of good sources of each. What I didn’t expect was that my much beloved and oft-ignored lima bean was a good source for 4 of the 7 nutrients!
Limas are my absolute favorite bean! As such, you’d imagine I have them frequently but for some reason, I don’t. They fall between the occasionally and seldom categories for me, and I don’t know why.
Okay, I do know why. With 15g of carbohydrates per 1/2 cup serving, lima beans fall into the starchy vegetable column, which translates to Avoid At All Costs in most dieting plans. Never mind that I said farewell to those plans four years and 100 pounds ago, the anti-starchies conditioning apparently still lingers. This despite my written note-to-self that one of my daily 5-7 fruits and veggie servings could be of the starchy variety. I think I’ve been unthinkingly avoiding the starchies.
And missing out on a whole lotta nutrition, not to mention tastiness! According to calorie count, baby lima beans (my favorite-favorite) score high in these nutritional categories:
* Very low in saturated fat
* No cholesterol
* Very low in sodium
* High in dietary fiber
* High in iron
* Very high in manganese
* High in magnesium
* High in phosphorus
* High in potassium
* High in vitamin C
I lose the fat/cholesterol benefit because I top my limas with a smidge of butter (!!!), but the rest of the list has served as powerful reminder to me that “starchy vegetables” are not only OKAY, but very beneficial!
Do you share my lima love? How do you prepare them? Or have you been avoiding the starchies?
Okay, I’ve got to run. I need to call my dad to make sure he planted lima beans this year. And lots of them!