Did you know that the high-fiber in green beans can help you prevent weight gain, and in some cases even promote weight loss without dieting? Research shows that boosting your fiber intake by 8 grams for every 1,000 calories consumed resulted in losing an average of 4 1/2 pounds. The fiber in green beans can also help lower cholesterol, blood pressure and even promote blood vessel function.
Intake of legumes (which greens are a part of) has also been linked to a reduced risk of coronary heart disease. This can be attributed to the fiber and folate in beans. They also contain vitamin B12, which, in combination helps reduce plasma homocysteine levels. Homocysteine is a particular amino acid occurring in the body, the elevated levels of which have been linked to heart disease.
Green beans contain carotenoids and are an excellent source of vitamin A. Just a single cup provides almost 20% of the daily recommended value for vitamin A. According to a study done by the University of Iowa, the concentration of vitamin A found in green beans can fight inflammation and boost your immune system.
High intake of green beans can also cut the risk of colorectal cancer. These beans are rich in various bioactive compounds that offer protection against cancer. Their non-digestible carbs are fermented by the gut bacteria, leading to anti-inflammatory actions.
True, many suffer from what I like to call Green Bean Trauma...you know, memories of being forced to eat flavorless beans out of a can when you were a kid! But that's not the case today. The flavors of fresh grown beans have made them a favorite of mine. Saute your green beans in olive oil and fresh garlic, season with a hint of sea salt and black pepper. I promise that you will be hooked!
Source: MedlinePlus, National Library of Medicine