Health benefits of White Navy Beans
White beans, also known as white navy beans, offer extraordinary health benefits. They are loaded with antioxidants and provide a good supply of detoxifying molybdenum. They are also a good source of fiber and protein and rank low on the glycemic index. They produce alpha-amylase inhibitors which help regulate fat storage in the body. What’s more, white beans deliver a good supply of magnesium, a mineral with multiple health benefits.
White beans and other foods with a low glycemic score also offer extraordinary weight loss benefits. When the carbohydrates in our food cause our blood sugar levels to rise, a polypeptide hormone called insulin is produced by the pancreas (a large gland organ located behind the stomach). The purpose of insulin is to bring the elevated blood sugar levels back down by stimulating the uptake of glucose (sugar) by the body’s cells which can then use the glucose for energy. However, if the blood sugar levels are very high (e.g. after a high GI meal), insulin will cause some of the blood sugar to be stored as fat (for later use as energy). Low GI foods like beans have the opposite effect. Great news for those who are following a fat loss diet plan!
Recipe for Smoked Turkley Bone Pea/Bean Soup
I smoked turkey bone with leftover ham bits still on
2c pre cooked white navy beans
1c raw split yellow peas
1 large carrot
1 medium leak
16 c chicken or vegetable stock
4 cloves of fresh garlic minced
1/2 tsp hot pepper flakes
salt and pepper to taste
small cubes of pepper jack cheese for garnish
In a large pot, fry onions until lightly golden. Add the chicken or vegetable stock, ham bone yellow peas garlic and the leak. Continue to cook on low for about 1.5 hours. Add the white beans and pepper flakes and continue to cook an additional half hour. Take about 2 cups of the thick part of the soup and blend it so that it is smooth and silky (you may need to add a bit of broth to blend it because it may be too thick to blend). Add the blended thick soup back to pot as the thickener. Continue on low heat for about 10 minutes. If the soup is too thick, add more broth.
As in the picture, you can cube the cheese and add to the top of the soup along with a few hot pepper flakes. You can decorate any way you like but the cheese goes extremely well with the Pea/Bean soup.