Little lupin makes heart happy

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A tiny bean usually fed to cows in Australia can lower the risk of heart disease in humans.

Over 85 per cent of the world’s lupin crops are grown in Australian soil.

“Predominantly it’s been used for putting nitrogen back in the soil in agriculture and the beans, when they’ve been left over, have been pretty much used for cattle feed,” researcher Regina Belski said.

The dietitian from the University of Western Australia said the bean is packed with protein and fibre, and is low in carbohydrates.

A team of researchers from the university ground the bean down, made flour that was 40 per cent lupin, and baked bread, pasta and biscuits from the product.

Source: | AAP

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