Meet Mr. Stinky Bean

Stinky beans or Parkia speciosa beans are said to be beneficial in treating a number of health conditions. Hence, its uses can have far-reaching benefits.

The beans are known to help in treating depression, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), blood pressure, diabetes, obesity and constipation. It will be easier to see how these ailments are helped if we break down health-benefiting components of the bean.


Sugars: Comfort eating – that most obese people are prone to and are unable to resist – usually involves consuming large quantities of starchy foods like chocolates and crisps. It is the high carbohydrate content in these foods that tend to satisfy the comfort eater. The stinky beans are rich in complex carbohydrates that can give you the same feeling of fullness, thus eliminating the chances of gorging on the wrong foods.

Fiber: for constipation and type II diabetes – High dietary fiber intake has been proven to benefit diabetics. Moreover, natural sugars have the ability to stabilize blood sugar levels. Since stinky beans are rich in both, fiber and sugars, it is a perfect diet option for diabetics. The fiber also helps constipation.

Tryptophan: Also called the good-mood amino acid, tryptophan has the ability to increase the serotonin levels in the brain. This effect is further enhanced by the feel-good factor of the bean’s high carbohydrate content. Hence, it can be used for depression and mood disorders.

Vitamin B6: This vitamin is trusted by many to help alleviate premenstrual symptoms. However, instead of taking vitamin pills, women can now opt to go natural and still enjoy the vitamin’s benefits.

Iron: The iron content in stinky beans can stimulate the production of hemoglobin thus helping people who are anemic.

Potassium – Potassium has two popular benefits. It helps reduce high blood pressure and it is also known to improve memory and aid concentration. Stinky beans, rich in potassium, can be termed the perfect brain food.

Antacid property: The antacid properties of the stinky beans can help ulcers and heartburns.

There are many other trusted, but un-researched, uses attributed to the Parkia speciosa beans. A study has shown that the bark of its tree is bursting with antioxidant and antifungal activities. That day does not seem far when the pods too are proven to have these additional health-aiding properties.


Despite the unpleasantness of its smell, the health benefits of the Parkia speciosa beans far outweigh the minor undesirable aspects of it.
Stinky bean contains three natural sugars – sucrose, fructose and glucose. Combined with fiber, it gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy. Research has proved that just two servings of stinky beans provide enough energy for a strenuous 90 – minute workout. No wonder it is the number one fruit with the world’s leading athletes. But energy isn’t the only way stinky bean can help us keep fit. It can also help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions, making it a must to add to our daily diet.

According to a recent survey undertaken by MIND among people suffering from depression, many felt much better after eating stinky. This is because stinky contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood and generally make you feel happier.

PMS(premenstrual syndrome):
Forget the pills – eat stinky. The vitamin B6 it contains regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood..

High in iron, stinky can stimulate the production of haemoglobin in the blood and so helps in cases of anaemia.

Blood Pressure:
This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making it perfect to beat blood pressure. So much so, the US Food and Drug Administration has just allowed the stinky industry to make official claims for the fruit’s ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke.

Brain Power :
200 students at a Twickenham (Middlesex) school were helped through their exams this year by eating stinky at breakfast, break, and lunch in a bid to boost their brain power. Research has shown that the potassium – packed fruit can assist learning by making pupils more alert. Understand that bananas contain lot of potassium too so eat more banana. Just look at those monkeys, they are really active, alert, smart and cunny too!!

High in fiber, including stinky in the diet can help restore normal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives.

One of the quickest ways of curing a hangover is to make a stinky bean milkshake, sweetened with honey. The stinky bean calms the stomach and, with the help of the honey, builds up depleted blood sugar levels, while the milk soothes and re – hydrates your system.

Stinky bean has a natural antacid effect in the body, so if you suffer from heartburn, try eating it for soothing relief.

Morning Sickness :
Snacking on stinky bean between meals helps to keep blood sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness.

Mosquito bites :
Before reaching for the insect bite cream, try rubbing the affected area with the inside of the stinky bean skin. Many people find it amazingly successful at reducing swelling and irritation.

Stinky bean is high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous system..

Studies at the Institute of Psychology in Austria found pressure at work leads to gorging on comfort food like chocolate and crisps. Looking at 5,000 hospital patients, researchers found the most obese were more likely to be in high – pressure jobs.. The report concluded that, to avoid panic – induced food cravings, we need to control our blood sugar levels by snacking on high carbohydrate foods every two hours to keep levels steady.

Stinky bean is used as the dietary food against intestinal disorders because of its soft texture and smoothness. It is the only raw fruit that can be eaten without distress in over – chronicler cases. It also neutralizes over – acidity and reduces irritation by coating the lining of the stomach.

Temperature control :
Many other cultures see stinky bean as a ‘cooling’ fruit that can lower both the physical and emotional temperature of expectant mothers for example, pregnant women eat stinky bean to ensure their baby is born with a cool temperature.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) :
Stinky bean can help SAD sufferers because they contain the natural mood enhancer, tryptophan.

Stinky bean can also help people trying to give up smoking. The B6, B12 they contain, as well as the potassium and magnesium found in them, help the body recover from the effects of nicotine withdrawal.

Potassium is a vital mineral, which helps normalize the heartbeat, sends oxygen to the brain and regulates your body’s water balance. When we are stressed, our metabolic rate rises, thereby reducing our potassium levels. These can be rebalanced with the help of a high – potassium stinky bean snack.

According to research in ‘The New England Journal of Medicine, ‘Eating stinky bean as part of a regular diet can cut the risk of death by strokes by as much as 40%’.

Those keen on natural alternatives swear that if you want to kill off a wart, take a piece of stinky bean and place it on the wart. Carefully hold the stinky bean in place with a plaster or surgical tape!


– Wikipedia
– Gita Rajan in Helium
– Max Loh in Something2Share


3 responses to “Meet Mr. Stinky Bean

  1. It’s funny how in American culture, there’s such a strong aversion to smelly foods. In Tokyo, a fermented soy bean dish called “natto” is a normal sight at breakfast or dinner. I grew up eating it, but it’s deemed so smelly and putrid that even some Japanese people outside of Tokyo won’t get near it. I guess because I grew up with its smell, I don’t smell what other people smell. It is, however, great for one’s digestion.

    • Your comment on Mr. Stinky Bean makes me even more intrigued by all these stinky foods. In China they have stinky tofu which is also believed as having certain health benefits and the people love it as I love the stinkly bean and you with ‘natto’. It’s similar with European, they love some types of cheese which for me as Asian, it stinks and I woul never want to try it. While in New Zealand, they love vegemite which people from out side NZ (except Australian coz they’re almost similar) don’t understand why they love vegemite.

  2. heartburn is really quite painful, i always take antacid to remedy it.:

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