Did you know that butter beans were a staple of the native American diet? These little white beans are also known as lima beans, and have since spanned the centuries to become a well-known fixture of a nutritious diet. But just what makes them so good for you? Here, we’ll explore the benefits of butter beans, their nutritional value, and some delicious ways to incorporate them into your diet.
H2 Butter bean's nutrition profileButter beans contain a wealth of nutrients to keep your body in check, including but not limited to:1
Butter bean’s calorie count is also pretty low, at around 68kcal per 100g of tinned butter beans.
Butter bean’s benefits make them a great addition to any diet/ find out what the creamy beans can do for you!
Let’s get one thing straight, butter beans have nothing to do with butter (vegans take note!). They are a white-coloured pulse that develop a creamy texture when cooked.
Aside from the nutrients listed at the top of this page, butter beans are also packed full of vitamins. One cup of butter beans contains about 10% of your daily needs for Vitamin C, which is necessary for supporting our immune system as well as many other bodily functions. They also contain vitamin A (helps maintain normal vision and skin) and a tiny dose of magnesium too.
In the slow cooker: the easiest way to cook your butter beans is in the slow cooker. Simply pour them into the pot, cover them with cold water, add a teaspoon of salt and leave to cook until tender. Cooking butter beans this way should take around five hours.7
On the hob: this method can take a while as you need to let them soak in a pan of cold water, for at least eight hours. Then, rise the soaked beans and tip them into a large, heavy pan. Add cold water to cover them and bring them almost to boil, before simmering until tender.
Roasted in the oven: preheat the oven to 230C and line a baking tray with foil. Drain a rinse the butter beans and spread on prepared tray, before sprinkling them with garlic salt. Roast in the oven for 20-25 minutes, flipping with a spatula halfway through.8
Last updated: 17 August 2020