Green beans are also known as French beans or Round beans. They have a tender texture and a bright, fresh flavour. Green beans can be baked, boiled, steamed and added to casseroles and soups. A new trend is to lightly batter the beans and fry them for a snack or side dish. Fresh green beans should be refrigerated in a plastic bag and used within one week.
Whether you blanch them, sauté them, or eat them straight from a can, green beans are a nutritious addition to your diet.
1. Green beans are packed with dietary fiber which is beneficial for those who suffer from irritable bowel syndrome. Fiber adds bulk to the stools and enables easy passage during bowel movements.
Green beans are good for those with high cholesterol since fiber helps to lower the levels of bad cholesterol in the body. People with diabetes may also include green beans in their diet since it helps to regulate blood sugar levels.
2. Green beans contain excellent levels of vitamin A, a powerful antioxidant which helps to protect against high cholesterol, heart disease and cancer. Vitamin A also delays the signs of premature ageing such as wrinkles, dull skin, fine lines, dark spots and dry skin.
3. They also contain good amounts of vitamin-B6 (pyridoxine), thiamin (vitamin B-1), and vitamin-C. Consumption of foods rich in vitamin C helps the body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful oxygen-free radicals.
4. In addition, beans contain healthy amounts of minerals like iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese, and potassium, which are very essential for body metabolism. Green beans are an ideal food during pregnancy and breastfeeding due to their high iron content.