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  • Writer's pictureChef Kelly Unger

Green Beans have a lot to offer!

According to The Old Farmers Almanac, “green beans are the immature form of the common kidney-shaped bean, Phaseolus vulgaris, harvested before beans begin forming inside the pods…

 

5 Health Benefits of Green Beans:

  1. Not only is this legume a low-calorie food, it also has zero fat.

  2. Green beans are full of antioxidants to reduce illness and cell damage, including vitamin C, flavonols, quercetin, and kaemferol. Just one cup fulfills 25% of your recommended daily intake of vitamin C.

  3. They’re also a good source of fiber which helps your digestive system run smoothly and lower your cholesterol for heart health. 

  4. High in vitamin K (almost 20% daily recommended intake), green beans improves bone health by improving calcium absorption and reduce risk of bone fractures.

  5. Finally, green beans contain an impressive 33% of folate which is important during pregnancy but also important for reducing depression.

... Like all legumes, green beans improve the soil that they grow in because of their ability to “fix” nitrogen from the air in nodules attached to the bean roots. When the nodulated bean roots decompose, they liberate the nitrogen to become available for the next year’s crop planted in that spot.” Full article here:

 

Farmers Market go-alongs: red potatoes, garlic, tomatoes, lettuce, onions, scallions, butter, eggs + lots more! Just about everything goes well with green beans.

 

Recipes to try:




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