If you’re looking for a different kind of bean to add to your soups, salads, and casseroles, the adzuki bean is a great alternative.

This small, antioxidant-rich bean is grown throughout East Asia and the Himalayas, and is packed with vitamins and minerals.

A 3.5-ounce (100-gram) portion of adzuki beans contains 128 calories, 25 grams of carbohydrates, 7.3 grams of fiber, less than 1 gram of fat, and a whopping 7.5 grams of protein.

They also contain:

  • Folate: 30% of the daily value (DV)
  • Manganese: 29% DV
  • Phosphorus: 17% DV
  • Potassium: 15% DV
  • Copper: 15% DV
  • Magnesium: 13% DV
  • Zinc: 12% DV
  • Iron: 11% DV
  • Thiamin: 8% DV
  • Vitamin B-6: 5%
  • Riboflavin: 4% DV
  • Niacin: 4% DV
  • Pantothenic acid: 4% DV
  • Selenium: 2% DV

Also referred to as azuki or aduki, these beans have been linked to a number of health benefits. These include:

  • improving heart health
  • aiding in weight loss
  • improving digestion
  • helping to lower the risk of diabetes

Eating beans often have also been linked to helping to strengthen your and even reduce .

To get you started, check out these eight delicious recipes:

Pumpkin and Adzuki Bean Dip via Nirvana Cakery

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Mushroom Lentil Adzuki Bean Soup via Soup Addict

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Sweet Potato Adzuki Bean Sliders via Vegan Richa

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Pumpkin Adzuki Bean Curry via The Steaming Pot

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Adzuki Bean Veggie Burger via Gourmandelle

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Adzuki Bean, Vegetable, and Miso Soup via Clean Eating Mag

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Coconut Matcha Rice Pudding with Date Adzuki Bean Paste via Snixy Kitchen

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Fudgy Adzuki Brownies with Coconut Whip via Foodie Awareness

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