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Weight Training Fava/Broad bean Experiment - Part 2

Updated on July 28, 2009

I cooked the fava beans but they were very nasty, I ended up having to blend the mix up and rolling them into little balls and swallowing them. I will be picking up another bag and just soaking them in water for 24 hours and eating them raw.


What is the risk with eating raw fava beans?
Raw fava beans contain vicine and convicine, which can induce hemolytic anemia in people with the hereditary condition glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency (G6PD). It is called "favism" after the fava bean.

What is anemia?
A condition in which there are not enough red blood cells in the blood. Red blood cells carry oxygen to the cells of your body and carry carbon dioxide away from your cells to be released by your lungs.

Signs of anemia I will be looking for?
Chills, Dark urine, and Fatigue are the main symptoms I will be focusing on as well as shortness of breath. Also Pale skin color (pallor), Rapid heart rate, and Yellow skin color (jaundice) are signs to pay attention to as well .

During my workout after taking the beans I felt like I had more energy and I was able to pump out a fer more reps more than usual. If I wanted to, I could have continued to workout which I usually feel fatigued without the beans. Overall I think it worked quite well and I have been feeling perks up all day. Maybe its just psychological but I'll decide that later.

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