The Health Benefits of Green Beans

Today I want to share with you the health benefits of green beans.  This is another vegetable I don’t really care for when served by themselves, but I do like them in soups and I do like green bean casserole,IMG_20140428_111940_865 which is kind of weird since they are the main ingredient.  Me and my taste buds:  I know.  🙂

My mom makes homemade canned soup, which has loads of vegetables in it and it is delicious.  Her canned soup has tomatoes, potatoes, carrots, black eyed peas, cabbage, squash, green beans and corn.  I don’t think I’ve left anything out.  She could seriously sell it.  It’s that good.  My mom is the best cook in the world:  hands down!

Thanks to the websites healthyeating.sfgate.com and nutrition-and-you.com for the information provided below.  As always it is very much appreciated.

Now for the benefits of green beans, which are also referred to as string beans.

1.  String beans contain vitamin C.  Vitamin C benefits several tissues throughout your body because it helps you make collagen.  Collagen fibers hold your tissues together, keeping your skin strong and intact, your bones resistant to breaks, and your tendons and ligaments able to keep your muscles and joints in place.  Vitamin C also helps boost your immune system to protect you from infection.  A cup of string beans provides 12.2 milligrams of ascorbic acid, about 16 percent of the recommended daily intake for women or 14 percent of the RDA for men, according to the Office of Dietary Supplements.

2.  String beans are also a good source of vitamin K.  You need vitamin K to form blood clots, which prevent blood loss after an injury.  Making sure you get enough vitamin K protects you from abnormal or excessive bleeding, while a shortage of vitamin K can cause nosebleeds and bruising.  Each cup of string beans contains 14.4 micrograms of vitamin K — 16 percent of the daily vitamin K requirements for women or 12 percent for men, according to the Linus Pauling Institute.

3.  String beans contain iron.  Your cardiovascular system needs iron to stay healthy, since the mineral makes up a part of hemoglobin, the protein that carries oxygen through your bloodstream.  You also need iron to support your metabolism — it helps you produce the energy your cells need to function properly.  Your daily iron requirements depend on your sex: Men need 8 milligrams, while women need 18 milligrams, according to the Linus Pauling Institute.  Eating a cup of string beans boosts your intake by 1.03 milligrams.

4.  Green beans contain excellent levels of vitamin A and health promoting flavonoid pholphenolic antioxidants such as lutein, zea-xanthin and beta carotene.  These compounds help to act as protective scavengers against oxygen-derived free radicals and reactive oxygen species that play a role in aging and various disease processes.

As you can see there are great benefits from eating green beans, so I would encourage you to make them a part of your life.

Now check out some recipes that contain green beans.  I’m going to give them a try.  They look good.  🙂

Grilled Sausage with Potatoes and Green Beans

Cowboy Stew

Garlic Chicken with Potatoes and Green Beans

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