- Feb 03, 2018 -
Beans carry with them plenty of health benefits.
Consuming fruits and vegetables of all kinds can help reduce the risk of many adverse health conditions.
Many studies have suggested that including more plant foods, such as green beans, in the diet decreases the risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and overall mortality.
Consumption of fruit and vegetables also promotes a healthy complexion, increased energy, and overall lower weight.
According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Nutrient Database, one standard cup of canned snap beans (about 150 grams) contains:
0.55 grams (g) of fat
5.66 g of carbohydrate
2.6 g of fiber
1.94 g of sugar
1.42 g of protein
In terms of nutrients, it contains:
17 milligrams (mg) of calcium
1.2 mg of iron
18 mg magnesium
30 mg of phosphorus
130 mg potassium
24 micrograms (mcg) of vitamin A
52.5 mcg of vitamin K
32 mcg of folate
However, one cup of drained canned snap beans also contains 362 micrograms of sodium. Consumers should rinse canned beans before use. For the best source of nutrients and lowest sodium, choose fresh or frozen greens beans for cooking.
Green beans also contain folate, thiamin, riboflavin, iron, magnesium, and potassium.
Canned fruit and vegetable consumption is associated with “higher-quality diet, lower body weight, and lower blood pressure.” Canned vegetables have just as much nutritional value as fresh vegetables and can taste just as good. Canned vegetables are picked at the peak of ripeness and immediately canned, locking in flavor and nutrients.
If you are not eating enough fruits and vegetables, try canned options. They can save you time and money, and can contribute to a healthy eating style.