Green beans are members of the common bean family, Phaseolus vulgaris, and are a popular part of diets around the world. There are slight variations in the shape in different areas of cultivation and green beans may be called many different names, including French beans, fine beans, string beans.
Green beans are a versatile vegetable that can be grown in many different climates, which has helped to make them such a popular and globally recognized food. Although popularized in many American and European dishes, they are widely cultivated across Asia and Africa as well. They appear in a wide array of cultural dishes and offer health benefits to people all around the world.
Benefits of Green Beans
1) Prevent Colon Cancer
Recent studies have shown green bean consumption to be beneficial for preventing pre-cancerous polyps that commonly lead to colon cancer. Many studies have tried to link dry bean intake to cancer prevention, with limited results. However, new evidence suggests that increasing dietary green bean intake can reduce the risk of cancerous adenoma recurrence and colorectal cancer.
2) Control Diabetes
Diabetes is a condition that requires constant maintenance of blood sugar levels at a normal level so the body can perform necessary tasks. Natural regulators of diabetes are rare, and the connection of beans and similar plants to the control or early prevention of diabetes is great news for many people.
3) Eye Care
Certain specific carotenoids that are found in green beans can prevent macular degeneration, Lutein and Zeaxanthin are focused at the macula on the eye, and play a key role in preventing any stress to the inner workings of the eye. Ensuring that these carotenoid levels stay strong to prevent vision deterioration is one of the many benefits of including green beans in your balanced diet.
4) Less calories
Fresh green beans are very low in calories (3). Therefore, people who are calorie conscious need not worry and can eat them in good amounts. It also contains low amount of sodium, saturated fat and cholesterol.
PREPARING GREEN BEANS
Green beans should be picked when they are still slightly immature. That is when the inner bean is just beginning to form and is the juiciest.
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