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Fresh, frozen or canned, green beans are one of the more popular vegetables in the American diet.

Benefits of Green Beans

Like all beans, green beans are loaded with phytonutrients, which may decrease the risk of heart disease and cancer by lowering cholesterol and detoxifying harmful metabolites. While these benefits are related to a host of body processes, one recently studied action is the ability of plants to bind bile salts, thus removing potential toxins from the body. Green beans have demonstrated this beneficial binding ability.

Besides decreasing risks for chronic diseases, recent research has shown that green beans can promote skin health. For example, greater intake of green and yellow vegetables resulted in decreased visible facial wrinkles in the crow’s feet area.

Are Canned Beans Healthy?

BPA is a plastics chemical used for lining metal cans. It can contaminate vegetables contained inside, such as green beans. Because BPA is associated with cardiovascular disease, diabetes and male sexual dysfunction, green beans packaged in such cans should be avoided, as well as those canned with sodium.

What is the Best Way to Cook Green Beans?

Unlike some of the more fragile vegetables, green beans do not lose nutrients with cooking unless boiled or cooked under pressure. The antioxidant power of green bans actually is enhanced when beans are cooked, whether sautéed, steamed or roasted.

 

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