Scientific Name: Phaseolus vulgaris
Family: Fabaceae (pea) – Leguminaceae (legume)
History and Uses:
White Kidney Bean has been grown as a food crop in the New World for over seven thousand years.
In addition to its value as a food product, White Kidney Bean has also been used as a curative. Soon after Europeans adopted it as a food, White Kidney Bean began to appear in folk remedies for a variety of ailments, especially coughing due to consumption or bronchitis. Recently, the use of White Kidney Bean has focused not on its value as an expectorant, but on its ability to block starch absorption. Many studies have shown that White Kidney Bean interrupts the digestive process that converts starch to sugar, thus lessening the carbohydrate absorption from foods such as bread and rice. By reducing the absorption of these sugars, the body has fewer calories to store as fat. White Kidney Bean can be a very effective supplement for dieters and those interested in maintaining a healthy physique