Saturday 5 December, 2020

Botanical Roots: Why you should eat string beans

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The legumes known as string beans are a staple in salads. Whether eaten boiled or raw, they are rich sources of vitamins A, C, and K, and fibre and folic acid.

There are more than 130 varieties of green bean, which is also available in the canned variety, making it high in sodium. It is, therefore, best to have them straight from the farm.

String beans also contain folate, thiamin, riboflavin, iron, magnesium, and potassium.

They are known to ward off the effects of cancer as they contain a high amount of chlorophyll, which is also great for blocking the carcinogenic effects of grilling meats.

For women of child-bearing age, consuming more iron from plant sources such as green beans appears to promote fertility.

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According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Nutrient Database, one standard cup of canned snap beans (about 150 grams) contains:

•28 calories
•0.55 grams (g) of fat
•5.66 g of carbohydrate
•2.6 g of fibre
•1.94 g of sugar
•1.42 g of protein

String beans terms of nutrients, it contains:

•17 milligrams (mg) of calcium
•1.2 mg of iron
•18 mg magnesium
•30 mg of phosphorus
•130 mg potassium
•24 micrograms (mcg) of vitamin A
•52.5 mcg of vitamin K
•32 mcg of folate

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