The Latest News About Green Beans

Summary

It's impossible to describe the potential health benefits of green beans and not mention bone health. Although we have yet to see research documentation in this area, we expect to see studies that document green bean support of bone health for five basic reasons: namely, its concentration of silicon, vitamin K, calcium, magnesium and phosphorus. The strong carotenoid and flavonoid content of green beans also appears to give this vegetable some potentially unique anti-inflammatory benefits.

What's New and Beneficial About Green Beans

WHFoods Recommendations

To retain the maximum number of health-promoting phytonutrients and vitamins and minerals found in green beans, we recommend Healthy Steaming them for just 5 minutes. This also brings out their peak flavor and provides the moisture necessary to make them tender, and retain their beautifully bright green color. It is best to cook green beans whole to ensure even cooking. For more on the Healthiest Way of Cooking Green Beans, see the How to Enjoy section of the green beans write-up on the website.

Health Benefits

Green provide numerous health benefits including:

For more details on green beans' health benefits, see this section of our green beans write-up.

Nutritional Profile

Green beans are an important source of both carotenoids and flavonoids. Green bean carotenoids include lutein, beta-carotene, violaxanthin, and neoxanthin. Green bean flavonoids include quercetin, kaemferol, catechins, epicatechins, and procyanidins. Green beans are an excellent source of vitamin K. They are a very good source of manganese, vitamin C, dietary fiber, folate, and vitamin B2. In addition, green beans are a good source of copper, vitamin B1, chromium, magnesium, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, choline, vitamin A (in the form of carotenoids), niacin, protein, omega-3 fatty acids, iron, vitamin B6, and vitamin E. Green beans have also been shown to contain valuable amounts of the mineral silicon, and in a form that makes it easier for us to absorb this bone-supportive and connective tissue-supportive nutrient. Green beans have also been shown to contain valuable amounts of the mineral silicon, and in a form that makes it easier for us to absorb this bone-supportive and connective tissue-supportive nutrient.

For more on this nutrient-rich vegetable, including references related to this Latest News, see our write-up green beans.

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