About black turtle beans
A small variety of the common bean native to the Americas and particularly popular in Latin American cooking, black turtle beans have absolutely nothing to do with turtles despite their name.
Probably just as well when you think about it. If they emanated from turtles for example, then the possibilities of their origin would be fairly limited. And I’m sure you’ll agree, the obvious one simply doesn’t bear thinking about!
No, black turtle beans (or simply turtle beans or black beans to some), are so called because their rich black colour is somewhat shell-like. There’s a relief, eh!
Nutrients in black turtle beans
Black turtle beans are high in protein and packed full of vitamins. They’re particularly rich in vitamin B1 (thiamine) and B9 (also known as folate or naturally occurring folic acid). They are also rich in iron, magnesium, phosphorus, sodium and zinc.
Benefits of black turtle beans
Low in fat, sugar, cholesterol and calories but high in fibre and protein, black turtle beans are packed with beneficial antioxidants. These help maintain a healthy immune system and regulate blood sugar levels. This makes them ideal for dogs who suffer with diabetes.
If you do want to feed your dog black turtle beans, and there’s no reason why you shouldn’t, soak them overnight and rinse them thoroughly before cooking them without salt or seasoning. Add the occasional handful of cooked, dried, black turtle beans to your dog’s regular meals.
Black turtle beans can’t permanently replace more appropriate, species-specific sources of protein such as meat and fish. Unless of course you want to feed your dog a plant-based diet.
That said, low-fat, protein-rich black turtle beans, combined with brown rice, will help an overweight dog feel fuller, for longer. With your vet’s approval, providing one such meal per week should help your dog, over time, regain control of his or her weight.
Rich in fibre and plant-based protein, black turtle beans for dogs make a tasty, highly nutritious, low calorie, low fat snack, says the canine nutritionist. They’re ideal for a dog looking to shed a few pounds or one suffering from diabetes. But only feed your dog cooked, dried, black turtle beans. Raw black turtle beans are considered toxic to dogs.