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Black Bean Salad with Wild Rice
Health Benefits of Black Beans

Black beans are a very good source of cholesterol-lowering fiber, as are most other legumes. In addition to lowering cholesterol, black beans' high fiber content prevents blood sugar levels from rising too rapidly after a meal, making these beans an especially good choice for individuals with diabetes, insulin resistance or hypoglycemia. When combined with whole grains such as brown rice, black beans provide virtually fat-free high quality protein.

Sensitive to Sulfites?... Black Beans May Help

Black beans are an excellent source of the trace mineral, molybdenum, an integral component of the enzyme sulfite oxidase, which is responsible for detoxifying sulfites. Sulfites are a type of preservative commonly added to prepared foods like delicatessen salads and salad bars. Persons who are sensitive to sulfites in these foods may experience rapid heartbeat, headache or disorientation if sulfites are unwittingly consumed. If you have ever reacted to sulfites, it may be because your molybdenum stores are insufficient to detoxify them. A cup of black beans will give you 172.0% of the daily value for this helpful trace mineral.

A Fiber All Star
Check a chart of the fiber content in foods; you'll see legumes leading the pack. Black beans, like other beans, are rich in dietary fiber. For this reason, black beans and other beans are useful foods for people with irregular glucose metabolism, such as diabetics and those with hypoglycemia, because beans have a low glycemic index rating. This means that blood glucose (blood sugar) does not rise as high after eating beans as it does when compared to white bread. This beneficial effect is probably due to two factors: the presence of higher amounts of absorption-slowing
protein in the beans, and their high soluble fiber content. Soluble fiber absorbs water in the stomach forming a gel that slows down the metabolism of the bean's carbohydrates.

The presence of fiber is also the primary factor in the cholesterol-lowering power of beans. Fiber binds with the bile acids that are used to make cholesterol. Fiber isn't absorbed, so when it exits the body in the feces, it takes the bile acids with it. As a result, the body may end up with less cholesterol.

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Health Benefits of Vitamin B2 or Riboflavin

Vitamin B2 is a water-soluble vitamin.  The Human body needs a daily dosage of it, as it cannot be stored in the body. It has a major role in energy production and forms an essential nutrient in your diet.
Riboflavin or vitamin B2 plays a significant role in the production of energy. It helps in the conversion of carbohydrates to sugar, which fuels the body function. Riboflavin has an active part in the electron transport chain that produces cellular energy.
It also helps in the processing of amino acids and fats. It can also serve as antioxidant, which helps slows down the signs of aging.

Deficiency symptoms: Vitamin B2 deficiency can hamper the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins these elements would require Vitamin B2 for its complete metabolism.
Some of the deficiency symptoms of vitamin B2 include bloodshot eyes, high sensitivity to light, burning sensation of eyes, parched lips, inflammation in the mouth and sore tongue.

Some of the other common symptoms include dull or oily hair, premature wrinkles and split nails. Riboflavin deficiency could result in the improper functioning of adrenal glands, which in turn would result in various conditions such as anemia, chronic fatigue syndrome and cataract.

Riboflavin deficiency is thought to be a major cause for the fatal condition of preeclampsia in pregnant women.
Riboflavin deficiency is seen mainly as skin lesions especially over the tongues and around the corner of the mouth. If left untreated it might lead to swollen tongue, seborrheic dermatitis, and even impaired nerve function.

Other symptoms of Vitamin B2 deficiency Dandruff, low blood counts, chipping of the lips and corners of the mouth, dizziness, and hair loss, loss of sleep, poor digestion and slow mental response.

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