Vegetables are important for our everyday life, it help us to keep healthy and strong and fights against numerous diseases. String bean also known as green beans is one such healthy vegetable, consumed everyday all over the globe.
They are unripe or immature pods obtained from the bean plant belonging to the Fabaceae family, and known scientifically as Phaseolus vulgaris.
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.
Green beans are rich in manganese. Aside from relieving symptoms of osteoporosis and osteoarthritis, manganese can also help fight premenstrual syndrome.
A healthy dose of manganese can help alleviate PMS symptoms such as irritability and mood swings.
Manganese also helps your body to effectively absorb other nutrients such as vitamins B, E and the mineral magnesium.
Green beans are rich in dietary fiber which can add bulk and weight to your stools, making them easier to pass.
Eating a diet that is rich in dietary fiber also decreases the levels of bad cholesterol in your body. Green beans may be a particularly helpful food for providing us with the mineral silicon.
This mineral, while less well known that minerals like calcium and magnesium, is very important for bone health and for healthy formation of connective tissue.
Green beans have recently been shown to stack up quite well against other commonly, eaten foods as a good source of absorbable silicon.
Green beans contain a wide variety of carotenoids (including lutein, beta-carotene, violaxanthin, and neoxanthin) and flavonoids (including quercetin, kaemferol, catechins, epicatechins, and procyanidins) that have all been shown to have health-supportive antioxidant properties.
They also contain good amounts of vitamin-B6 (pyridoxine), thiamine (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.
Fresh green beans are very low in calories. 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.
Green beans are also a good source of folates which are useful for cell division and DNA synthesis. Folate rich foods are also helpful for women during pre-conception period and pregnancy.