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[pronut-hiv] Peas

  • From: "Alassane Abeidy Diakite" <>
  • Date: Tue, 28 Jun 2005 11:44:57 -0000

Greetings from Mauritania,

One of our Peace Corps Volunteers in promoting proper nutrition at site. He is also interested in exploring nutrition options for people living with
HIV. He has the following question for the group:

"In the production of a multi-grain flour roasted black eye peas are
used. There is some debate about whether or not the skins of the peas
should be removed before roasting and grinding. The root of the
question is whether or not a weakened system (by HIV or a malnourished
child) can handle the digestion of the peas skins. The main nutrient
in the skins is the fiber. If in fact the weakened system can not
handle the fiber from the pea skins could they system handle that
fiber once it has been turned into flour? After roasting all the
ingredients they are machine ground and turned into a flour. Does this
make the indigestible fiber (or whatever may be indigestible in the
bean skins) digestible or easier to digest?

What we are working with are black-eyed peas (see below for more
information.) Do these skins of these beans contain toxic substances?

"The black-eyed pea, also called black-eyed bean, blackeye, lobiya or
chawli, is a subspecies of the cowpea, grown for its medium-sized
edible bean, pale-colored with a prominent black spot. Its currently
accepted botanical name is Vigna unguiculata ssp. dekindtiana,
although previously it was classified in the genus Phaseolus."
Source (

Any insight would be useful.

Thank you,

Alassane Abeidy Diakite
Associate Peace Corps Director/Health
BP 222, Nouakchott, Mauritania
+222 525 16 83 (Office Phone)
+222 525 19 29 (Office Fax)
+222 658 60 93 (GSM)