Green beans are one of the healthiest legumes you should include in your diet. They became widespread much later than common beans. Unripe beans with their pods were first introduced in the 18th century, and several decades later special varieties were introduced, which are harvested before the beans are fully ripe. Here’s a list of the health benefits of green beans.
Of course, green beans are not as rich in protein as green beans but they are packed with lots more vitamins and minerals. Green beans are a rich source of vitamin C, a powerful natural antioxidant. It protects our body from damage by free radicals, prevents inflammations, stimulates the production of collagen in the body, thus slowing down the aging process. Beans also contain vitamins A, E, and K, which are beneficial for all systems of the body, from the nervous system to the musculoskeletal system.
Thanks to their balanced combination of fibre, folic acid, magnesium and potassium, string beans are good for preventing cardio-vascular diseases. Beans boast a high (for a plant-based product) content of iron, which vitamin C helps the body better absorb. In addition, the phytonutrients that the green beans are rich in help control blood sugar levels, which significantly reduces the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. It contains a substance called arginine, which has a similar effect to that of insulin.
With all the above properties, green beans are a low-calorie product, so it will be an excellent addition to the diet of those who watch out for a figure. Thanks to their high fibre content, they’re also good for keeping you full and protecting you from overeating and, as a result, gaining weight. In addition, green pods contain substances that nourish the microbiome, so its regular consumption has a beneficial effect on intestinal health.