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Lima Beans Frozen
Lima beans, sometimes called butter beans, are a seed, and are considered a vegetable. They are of the genus and species Phaseolus lunatus, and have two main varieties. The first variety is a large slightly curved flat green bean that those in the Southern US would refer to as limabeans or the lima type. A second type of P. lunatus has smaller seeds and is often called the sieva type. When Southern US cuisine mentions butter beans, they are referring to the smaller sieva seed.
Shelf Life and Storage
Store frozen in original, sealed containers, for up to 24 months.
Benefits from Lima Beans' Fiber: Problems with high cholesterol? Then eat some lima beans! Lima beans have a high amount of fiber and fiber helps to reduce cholesterol. Also, the high fiber content prevents blood sugar levels from sky rocketing after a meal. Alongside of the high fiber content, a large amount of it is insoluable fiber that aides in increasing stool bulk and preventing constipation. Further, insoluable fiber can help to prevent digestive diseases.
Cardiovasuclar Benefits: The incredible amounts of folate and magnesium help to lower amino acids that raise the risk for heart attacks and stroke. One cup provides 39 percent of folate. While magnesium attributes for 20 percent of one's daily value in a serving of lima beans, it also is a major factor in allowing the veins and arteries to 'open up.' As magnesium infiltrates our system, it allows for improved flow of blood, oxygen, and nutrients throughout the body.
Energy Benefits: The amount of iron in a serving of lima beans gives a boost to the energy level because of iron's role in energy production and metabolism. The manganese that is contained in this food is also a key player in energy production for the body.
|Nutrient||Amount||DV (%)||Nutrient Density|
|Dietary Fiber||13.16 g||52.6||4.4|
|Vitamin B1 (Thiamin)||0.30 mg||20.0||1.7|
You should never eat raw lima beans. Uncooked lima beans contain linamarin, a kind of cyanide that's potentially toxic. Cooking lima beans destroys the compound, so lima beans that have been cooked are safe to eat.
Lima beans are very low in fat and contain no cholesterol, which is why they---and most other vegetables---play a role in a heart-healthy diet. For vegetarians, the fact that a serving of lima beans, whether of baby lima beans or of large lima beans, contains about 4 percent of the recommended daily value for protein can be a big plus because many protein sources are derived from animals.
Lima beans are rich in insoluble fiber, which helps promote digestive tract health and prevent constipation. Lima beans are also a good source of soluble fiber, which may play a role in helping to control cholesterol and improve cardiovascular health.
If you can't find fresh lima beans, frozen lima beans and butter beans possess the same nutritional benefits as fresh ones, according to the University of Florida Sarasota Extension Office's Family and Consumer Sciences Department. You can use fresh and frozen lima beans interchangeably in recipes and substitute baby lima beans for large lima beans or large beans for small ones in any recipe.