August 22, 2013This is a great time of year to find just-picked green beans. Fresh green beans are delicious, economical and healthy, especially when they're straight from the garden or your local vegetable stand. In fact, sixty percent of all commercially grown green beans are produced in the United States! One of the few beans eaten whole, they're actually unripe pods that are picked when still tender enough to eat raw or cooked. They come with a long list of nutritional benefits. Green beans are an excellent source of dietary fiber, which helps protect the colon against toxins and cancer-causing chemicals. Fiber helps to reduce blood cholesterol! They're also a good source of folates which -- as an essential factor in DNA synthesis and cell division -- are particularly important during preconception and pregnancy. The fiber in green beans can also help in the regulation of sugar in your blood stream. They're also packed flavonoid antioxidants to protect against free radicals that play a role in aging and many disease processes. Then we get to the vitamins and minerals:
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