Everything you eat affects you in one way or another, even if you don’t see or feel it. For example, most of us know locust beans only as a perfect ingredient for a lot of traditional Nigerian dishes, mostly soups. But you are probably unaware of all the health benefits of eating locust beans. If you want to learn, what are the helpful qualities of this plant, here is a list of the most notable conditions locust beans might be helpful for.
As any other food, locust beans have their own nutritional value and they consist of a number of basic nutrients. Mostly they are comprised out of protein (around 35%) and fat (around 30%), which makes them a great dietary product. Your organism needs protein for muscle building, so if you work out, you should definitely eat more of these beans.
2. Blood sugar and cholesterol
Turns out, locust beans are not only a great food to eat, but they will also help you to deal with food you’ve eaten that is bad for you. They lower your blood sugar and your levels of cholesterol so you can eat them after some fat and greasy meal to not feel too bad afterward.
3. Digestive system
There are substances in the locust beans that are called tannins, which are really helpful for the digestive system. They are the reason the gum, made out of the beans, is used to help people, suffering from obesity and bad cases of vomit and diarrhea. It even helps with more serious chronical conditions, when people are unable to process some kinds of food.
4. Blood pressure
This side of health benefits of locust beans is less studied, but there is a research that proves the influence of this product on your arterial blood pressure. More accurately, the regular use of it helps in decreasing the diastolic blood pressure, so if you have a condition, connected to the high blood pressure, try eating locust beans.
5. Other uses and side effects
More minor and less obvious effects of the locust beans on the human body are:
- Locust beans are one of the ingredients of the leprosy treatment;
- Some studies show that they improve eyesight;
- They are often used as the chocolate substitute flavoring agent
While there are no known side effects of locust beans, it would be better not to eat too much of it if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding. All in all, it is an incredible plant, and if you’ve never tried it – you’re missing out a lot.