Also commonly known as string beans, green beans are some of the healthiest vegetables that you can eat. Whether you prefer to eat them raw, steamed or stir-fried, green beans are a great source of many nutrients that can help you boost your health. Here are some of the nutrients found in green beans and how they can benefit you.


Health benefits:

Fresh green beans are very low in calories and contain no saturated fat. These lean vegetables are a very good source of vitamins, minerals, and plant derived micronutrients.

They are a very rich source of dietary fiber, also been shown to reduce blood cholesterol levels.

Green beans contain excellent levels of vitamin A.

Snap beans are a good source of folates.

They also contain good amounts of vitamin-B6, 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.

Beans contain healthy amounts of minerals like iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese, and potassium, which are very essential for body metabolism

Other nutrients in green beans:

Carbohydrates, Protein, Niacin, Thiamin, Vitamin A, Vitamin, K, Vitamin C, Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Zinc and manganese.

Selection and storage:

Raw, fresh green beans should be tender, long, stiff but flexible and give a snap sound when broken.

To store, place them in a perforated plastic bag and keep in the refrigerator. The keep well for up to a week.

Preparation and serving methods:

Wash before using them, remove the strings and cut off the ends.

Serving tips:

You can use them in stir-fry, stews, grilled salads or steamed.

They mix well with carrots, cauliflower, peas and tomatoes and mushrooms.

The humble green bean is a healthy and nutritious choice as a side dish. Enjoy this often overlooked vegetable and appreciate all it has to offer.