Usually canned food can’t be trusted much in terms of genuineness and purity, as it is common knowledge that besides the GMO ingredients, there are too many chemical preservatives too. BUT that’s not always the case, when you refer to products like these cooked canned organic green beans, specially provided to you by Libby’s.
The cut green beans are certified organic, which means there aren’t any genetically modified organisms, pesticides, herbicides and such. As a matter of fact, the whole content in the can is free of those matters, plus there aren’t any artificial preservatives, colorings and flavors to ruin the authentic taste of the beans. The organic status also guarantees that your body will acquire every single nutrient green beans are suppose to have in principle.
Besides protein (5% DV), fiber (16% DV), omega 3 fatty acids (5% DV), 1 cup of 125g green beans also contains a great diversity of both vitamins and minerals. Here’s the list and the respective percentage of daily value: vitamin A (5% DV), vitamin B1 (8% DV), vitamin B2 (9% DV), vitamin B3 (3% DV), vitamin B6 (4% DV), vitamin B9 (folate) (10% DV), vitamin C (15% DV), vitamin E (5% DV), vitamin K (22% DV), choline (5% DV), manganese (18% DV), copper (8% DV), magnesium (6% DV), chromium (6% DV), calcium (6% DV), iron (5% DV), phosphorus (5% DV), potassium (5% DV).
But that’s not all, because this legume food is also a host of valuable antioxidants like carotenoids (violaxanthin, neoxanthin, lutein, betea-carotene) and flavonoids (kaemferol, catechins, quercetin, epicatechins, and procyanidins).
Health benefits of green beans
Our well-being can very well profit from green beans. They’re known to possess cardiovascular benefits. Though most research on cardiovascular effects has been conducted with rodents, green beans intake has been shown to improve the levels of blood fats, as well as their protection from oxidative damage. Most of the heart-supportive benefits of green beans are owed to the pods. Another contribution comes from the omega-3 fatty acids presence in the legume. Though many people don’t even know that this type of bean contains omega fats, and though the content is rather moderate, it’s still important, as people tend to miss covering their omega daily recommendations.
The phytonutrients in green beans also offer some anti-inflammatory benefits for us. More concretely, studies have shown some enervation of inflammation-causing enzymes cyclooxygenases (COX) and lipoxygenases (LOX). Namely because of this inflammation-lowering propensity, green beans have been examined to determine if they can be included in the fight against type 2 diabetes.
Because this kind of bean is green, it is a good source of chlorophyll. Besides its other health benefits, chlorophyll has anti-carcinogenic qualities, as it blocks the noxious effects of heterocyclic amines originating from grilling meat at high temperatures. That’s why if you like grilling your meats, it’s best to pair them with some greens.
Green beans help improve bone health. That’s because the legume is a very good source of vitamin K. This vitamin not only fortifies the bones on its own by modifying the bone matrix proteins, but it also eases the assimilation of calcium, not to mention it reduces the urinary secretion of the mineral too.
Adult women can have their fertility improved by eating iron-rich foods such as pumpkin seeds, spinach, and of course – green beans. This health benefit has been studied by scientists of Harvard Medical School. Green beans are also a good source of folic acid, and this nutrient too is needed by pregnant women to shield the infant against neural tube defects.