Healthy Spicy Black Bean Soup: Easy Cooking Tips To Follow [VIDEO]

Jan 06, 2016 10:30 AM EST | By A. M.

Explorer, bestselling author and National Geographic Fellow Dan Buettner says: " Black beans and soy beans are the cornerstones of longevity diets around the world." As a healthy option, black beans provide some of the best benefits to the body. With their indigestible fraction or IF ratio black beans are the best assistants for colonic bacteria in the production of butyric acid, which is an essential fuel to the activities and functions of the cells in the lower digestive tract.

These legumes are not only effective in lowering colon cancer risk but are also extremely beneficial to maintaining healthy blood pressure, which ideally should be "below 120 over 80 (120/80) but not lower than 90 over 60 (90/60)". It is also great for managing blood sugar levels and cardiovascular health. It is a rich food source for fiber, potassium, folate, vitamin B6 and phytonutrient.

Interestingly, black beans have a very potent satiating effect and are, therefore, handy in weight management and in lessening food consumption. Black beans make for both a delicious main or supporting dish ingredient.

This Black Bean Soup video by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver is a spicy Costa Rican-inspired delight of beautifully herbed beans accompanied by softly poached eggs. It is enjoyed best with tortillas and a side of salsa.

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