Lobia also called cowpea and black-eyed pea is a textured oval-shaped bean with a black eye. A native to Africa, lobia is cultivated in Latin America, Southeast Asia, and southern parts of the United States. Iron, protein, and folate are the key nutrients whose requirement increases substantially during pregnancy. Being a rich source of these vital nutrients, lobia is a must include in the diet of pregnant women. A diet rich in folate lowers the risk of neural tube defects in the newborn. They are an excellent source of soluble fiber, which forms a gel-like substance and binds cholesterol and bile acids in the small intestine, and eliminates them from the body. Lobia helps cure problems associated with the stomach, pancreas as well as spleen. Being a fiber-rich food, it keeps the digestive system working like a well-oiled machine.