Nutritional Facts: Kidney Beans

Overview

Kidney beans, Phaseolus vulgaris, are kidney-shaped beans that are available throughout the year in dried and canned forms. Beans make up an important part of a healthy, balanced diet.

Nutrition Facts

A single serving, 1 cup or 177 g of kidney beans, contains 43.4 g protein, 110 g carbohydrates, 21.6 g water and 7 g ash.

Thiamin

One serving of kidney beans provides 18.7 g of the daily recommended value of thiamin (vitamin B1), which is important in energy production and brain cell functions.

Other Vitamins and Minerals

Kidney beans contain other important vitamins and minerals such as folate, magnesium, phosphorous, iron, copper, potassium and vitamin K.

Calories and Fats

One cup of cooked kidney beans can contain 225 calories and 1 g of total fats. They contain no saturated or trans fats.

Dietary Fiber

Fiber is an important cholesterol-lowering product. Fiber can also slow rising blood sugar levels following meals. A serving of kidney beans contains 11 g of dietary fiber.

Toxin

Raw kidney beans contain large amounts of the toxin phytohemagglutinin which can be harmful to the human body. Excessive amounts of the toxin can affect the body by disrupting the cellular metabolism.

References

  • Kidney Beans Nutrition Facts
  • The Daily Plate
  • WHFoods: Kidney Beans Nutrition
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