Red Kidney Beans
There are different classifications of kidney beans, such as:
- Red kidney bean (also known as: common kidney bean, Rajma in India, Surkh (Red) Lobia in Pakistan).
- Light speckled kidney bean (and long shape light speckled kidney bean).
- Red speckled kidney bean (and long shape light speckled kidney bean).
Kidney beans are rich in various vitamins and minerals.
- Molybdenum: Beans are high in molybdenum, a trace element mainly found in seeds, grains, and legumes (19, 20).
- Folate: Also known as folic acid or vitamin B9, folate is considered particularly important during pregnancy (21).
- Iron: An essential mineral that has many important functions in the body. Iron may be poorly absorbed from beans due to their phytate content (22).
- Copper: An antioxidant trace element that is often low in the Western diet. Aside from beans, the best dietary sources of copper are organ meats, seafood, and nuts.
- Manganese: Found in most foods and drinks, especially in whole grains, legumes, fruits, and vegetables.
- Potassium: An essential nutrient that may have beneficial effects on heart health (23).
- Vitamin K1: Also known as phylloquinone, vitamin K1 is important for blood coagulation.
- Phosphorus: Found in almost all foods, phosphorus is high in the Western diet.
Kidney beans are a good source of several vitamins and minerals, such as molybdenum, folate, iron, copper, manganese, potassium, vitamin K1 and phosphorus.