Eat Raw Green Beans for a Wide Array of Nutrients

Green beans are a common vegetable that is widely available and generally inexpensive, so it’s not difficult to add this food to your diet. Raw green beans provide a wide array of important nutrients, ranging from dietary fiber to the mineral fluoride. Eating raw green beans can also be convenient because you don’t have to spend any time cooking the beans; just wash them, and eat.

Weight Control and Macronutrients
A cup of raw green beans weighing 100 grams, has 31 calories and 2.7 grams of fiber. If you are trying to maintain your current weight or lose weight, raw green beans can help fill you up without excessive calories. Because they contain seeds, they also have 1.83 grams of protein. Although green beans are sweet to the taste, they only contain 3.26 grams of natural sugars per cup, making them a safe snack for diabetics.

Each cup of raw green beans provides about 1/6 of the vitamin C you need each day; boosting your intake of this antioxidant helps keep your cells healthy. It also has 1/7 of your recommended daily intake for vitamin K, a nutrient that promotes proper blood clotting and plays a role in your bone metabolism. Raw green beans contain small amounts of vitamins A and E, as well as the B-vitamins, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate and B-6.

Essential Minerals
If you are a man, a cup of raw green beans provides 1/8 of the iron you need each day. Women, who need more iron, get about six percent of their daily requirement of iron in a cup of green beans. Iron helps carry oxygen throughout your body and benefits your immune function and energy metabolism. Raw green beans also provide five to 10 percent of your recommended daily intake for calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium, adding modest, supplemental amounts of these essential minerals.

Raw Vs. Cooked
Boiling green beans depletes them of some of their nutrients, particularly minerals and vitamin C. A 100-gram serving of cooked green beans has about the same amount of protein, B-vitamins and vitamins A and E as raw green beans, but cooking green beans causes them to lose 30 percent of their potassium, iron and magnesium, and 20 percent of their vitamin C content.

By Maia Appleby

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