Broad beans are dense with nutrition. Also known as fava beans, broad beans have no saturated fat or cholesterol and contain a high concentration of thiamin, vitamin K, vitamin B-6, potassium, copper, selenium, zinc and magnesium. They are also an inexpensive source of lean protein.
A serving of cooked or fresh fava beans can significantly increase your intake of folate, iron, manganese and dietary fiber, all nutrients that can benefit your health in a variety of ways. A cup of cooked fava beans contains 177 micrograms of folate, approximately 44 percent of the recommended daily allowance of folate for an adult man or woman. Fresh, raw fava beans provide even more, with 634 micrograms of folate in every cup. Broad beans are also a great source of Iron, manganese and fiber.