Green beans (also known as French beans, string beans or snap beans) are a crunchy and colourful addition to any dinner plate. Fortunately, they also pack a nutritional punch! So, what are the health benefits of green beans?
Green beans are an excellent source of fibre. Why is fibre so good for your health you ask? Fibre, found mainly in fruits, vegetables, wholegrains and legumes is probably best known for its ability to prevent or relieve constipation. But foods rich in fibre also provide a number of other health benefits, such as maintaining a healthy weight as it leaves you feeling fuller for longer. Because fibre adds bulk and helps to soften your stools, eating high fibre foods, like green beans, can make it easier to pass stools and keeps your bowel movements regular. Healthy skin
Green beans contain high levels of Vitamin A, a fat-soluble vitamin that is also a potent antioxidant. Vitamin A plays a critical role in a number of bodily functions, including maintaining healthy skin. Consuming a diet high in Vitamin A can help reduce inflammation by removing free radicals (which cause damage to our body), thereby keeping your skin looking young and clear by slowing the ageing process. Vitamin A also plays a role in wound healing and skin re-growth. Reduced risk of disease
Green beans are rich in a number of protective vitamins and minerals that help defend the body from adverse health outcomes. Consuming fruits and vegetables has long been associated with a reduced risk of chronic diseases like obesity, heart disease, diabetes and some cancers. Eating green beans (and other vegetables) helps to promote a healthy complexion, increases your energy and helps you achieve and maintain a healthy weight, which all contribute to a healthy and happy life. They are also high in antioxidants, which help to support the immune system and prevent cellular damage caused by free radicals. Bone health
The humble green bean is a delicious source of bone-building nutrients, which help to keep your bones strong and healthy. Calcium, vitamin K, vitamin A, silicon and magnesium are all found in green beans and are integral in preventing bone deterioration and osteoporosis later in life. It’s important to be mindful about getting enough of these nutrients now as the adverse effects of not getting enough only come into play later in life when it’s already too late. Our favourite ways to enjoy green beans:
- Drizzle fresh green beans with Extra Virgin olive oil, garlic, cracked pepper, sesame seeds and chilli flakes and roast for 25 minutes, turning halfway.
- Add boiled green beans to salads. Remember to drop them into iced water once boiled to keep them bright green and crunchy!
- Green beans are a fantastic addition to any stir-fry as they add a wonderful texture and soak up flavour.