Get Happy with Fava Beans

  • June 8, 2015


The consumption of fava beans has been shown in several university studies, published in the British Medical Journal, to increase the level of a compound called L-dopa. A naturally occurring amino acid found in fava beans, and made from L-tyrosine in the human body, L-dopa is converted into dopamine in the brain and body. Sold as a dietary supplement or prescription drug in the United States, L-dopa is shown to be more effective when taken in a natural form. Consumption of adequate amounts of fava beans in everyday diet may help prevent Parkinson’s disease and dopamine responsive dystonia disorders (medical disclaimer).
Fava beans are very popular in the Mediterranean. Fava beans, also known as broad beans are a member of the pea family. The flavor of fava beans is similar to peas but not as sweet.I like to call fava beans a mighty food with just 1 cup of these beans containing 12 grams of protein and 9 grams of fiber. The bean is low in calories and fat and has no cholesterol, making this a healthy food ideal for health conscious individuals.This bean is nutrient packed with several vitamins and minerals, fava bean has the highest plant source of potassium which is an important electrolyte of cell and body fluids. Potassium helps counter pressing effects of sodium on heart & blood pressure.

Fava beans should be shelled and peeled and cooked before eating. They should be cooked before serving because of favism (enzyme deficiency in the blood) a rare and dangerous reaction to fava beans.

With the time consuming efforts that have to be put into preparing your own fava bean dishes, Oasis takes the guess work out of it for you. Oasis healthy Fava Bean Hommus is ready to be served on demand! It’s great used as a dip or over a bed of rice. There’s a variety of ways it can be eaten.

We encourage people to discuss with their doctor fava bean use so you can fully understand the benefits & properties before consuming. Here’s to your good health!!