Fava Beans by Zewdi Desta

FAVA BEANS Fava Beans have been around for 5000 years, going back all the way to ancient China. (http://www.efn.org/~sundance/FavaBean.html ). The ancient Romans which considered favas their special province, (faba, means bean, named after a noble Roman family named Fabii). The Fava bean in the south of France has a season in a time of celebration. Old English cookbooks called the Fava beans “the common bean." The Fava bean is found in Asia, Africa, the Americas, and especially in the Middle East in Egypt. The Fava Bean in Egypt is a main diet for any meal time, breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The ancient Egyptians also consumed Fava Beans thousands of years ago. This history about the Fava Bean definitely concludes it was a very special healthy diet in all ancient and modern cultures. Fava beans are low in calories-about 80 per cup, high in protein, iron, and fiber, are good sources of vitamins C and A and potassium, and contain modest amounts of the B vitamins.

Quoting from (http://www.efn.org/~sundance/FavaBean.html) “Fava beans have high concentrations of L-dopa (dopamine), an amino acid that is a neurotransmitter in the brain. Dopamine facilitates all functions of brain activity, whether it is memory, energy, sense of well-being, or sex drive. As we age, we begin to have declining levels of dopamine in the brain cells, and many of these functions decline as well. Who knows, maybe fava beans are a venerable fountain of youth." Another great nutrition function from the Fava bean. From (http://www.scienzavegetariana.it/nutrizione/favabeans.html) “the Fava bean has relative possible good effect against Parkinson’s disease. Fava beans contain levodopa, the same chemical in Sinemet, Madopar, Dopar, Larodopa, and other levodopa-containing medicines used to treat PD. The entire fava plant, including leaves, stems, pods, and immature beans, contains levodopa. Fava beans can help control the symptoms of PD, just as medications containing levodopa do. In fact, a few people report that the effects from fava last longer than the effects from medications. Some researchers believe fava beans may contain other substances besides levodopa that could be helpful”. The low side of Fava beans is not a health hazard in any manner. The studies that have been done to test the amount of L-dopa (dopamine) in the Fava bean, to use on older patients that develop low levels of dopamine in the brain cells have not been concluded to a total healing process. It is still being tested to see how much of an effect the Fava bean can have on the loss of dopamine as we age. Too much or too little of dopamine can have effects, but you do not want to take a tremendously nutritious bean and try to use it as a drug. As a prime diet in Egypt, the Egyptians seem to get most of the nutrition that the body needs, as they diet on Fava beans on a daily bases for more than one meal a day. To conclude, the Fava bean has been around for thousands of years as a great source of nutrition for just about every race and culture on earth. Let it be a delicious diet that people enjoy, and not make it into a drug plant. Sources: http://www.scienzavegetariana.it/nutrizione/favabeans.html http://www.nutritiondata.com/facts/legumes-and-legume-products/4322/2 http://www.efn.org/~sundance/FavaBean.html http://caloriecount.about.com/calories-broadbeans-fava-beans-mature-seeds-i16052 http://egyptfarm.blogspot.com/2009/03/eating-fava-bean-sprouts.html http://mideastfood.about.com/od/maindishes/r/fulmedames.htm http://www.italian-food-lovers.com/uploads/academiabarilla-fava-beans.gif

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