Green Beans are actually ‘dry fruit’
Also known as a string bean or French bean they are picked prematurely before the seed has had a chance to fully develop if given the chance the pod will dry out and reveal a mature seed. This seed will then fall into the earth and eventually growing more green beans.
There are approximately 150 varieties of green beans throughout the world that come in all shapes and sizes, even in the colour purple! The Green bean previously has been associated as a legume, which is technically a type of dry fruit despite its worldwide recognition as part of the vegetable family. But what will this revelation change? Will we start using green beans in fruit salads?
Facts about Green Beans
Potential benefits to immunity
Green beans contain a variety of antioxidants that could potentially help boost your immune system and generally make you feel good. The compounds of the antioxidants broken down in our bodies can also help to prevent tissue damage and illness like colds and flu, so the next time you’re feeling run down try making a green bean casserole and see if it makes a difference.
Helps to improve bone health
The ‘dry fruit’ contains multiple nutrients of calcium, vitamin K, vitamin A, and silicon which could help to improve overall bone health, and bone regeneration. Studies suggest that some people who don't intake enough of these nutrients have experienced increased bone loss, durability and strength. So if you feel like you’re not getting enough nutrients try adding green beans to your daily meals and see if you feel any stronger.
Great for prenatal care
Pregnant women are strongly recommended to take around 600-800 mcg of folic acid, (a synthetic form of vitamin B9) until 12 weeks to help prevent neural tube defects in the brain, spine, or spinal cord. The good news is that green beans are a great source of folic acid, and are therefore a great addition to any meal.
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