Worrying about black beans and carbs, don’t let it play on your mind to much.
Sometimes things happen by complete coincidence that confirms you have made the right choice.
While out lunching with my wife in London’s Leadenhall Market we stopped at a Mexican for a bite to eat. I ordered a naked steak burrito. My ingredients were lettuce, tomato, cheese, a chunky tomato salsa, guacamole, black beans, steak and all topped with sour cream. Being a naked burrito (no wrap) my food arrived looking like a messy salad box, but looks can be deceiving and it was actually very tasty.
Now being a relatively low carber I ummed and ahhed for some time when asked if i would like black beans, for no other reason than thinking about my total carb intake for the day. I know many of the benefits of eating black beans. The generous amounts of Thiamin, Folate, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Zinc, Copper and Manganese make them very nutrient dense and a good choice if you have them available. Along with my green leafy vegetables I welcome another high fibre source and the black beans are perfect for that.
With that said, black beans as with other legumes are not for everyone. The body does not have the enzyme alpha-galactosidase which breaks down the galactans found in legumes which can cause discomfort and gas for some people and no one likes that trapped wind feeling.
As always, nutrition and diet are very individual, just because your neighbour is OK with black beans or any legumes for that matter doesn’t mean you will be, but experiment, start small and see how you react.
By complete coincidence, the day after taking an age to decide if I wanted black beans in my naked burrito the below article arrive in my inbox, which made me realise what a good choice they were for me.