Thursday, June 16, 2011

Growing beans and its benefits....


  •  Recent studies have confirmed the presence of lutein, beta-carotene, violaxanthin, and neoxanthin in green beans. In some cases, the presence of these carotenoids in green beans is comparable to their presence in other carotenoid-rich vegetables like carrots and tomatoes.
  •  Recent surveys have shown that 60% of all commercially grown green beans are produced in the United States, with large amounts of green bean acreage found in the states of Illinois, Michigan, New York, Oregon, and Wisconsin. Although countries like France, Mexico, Iraq, and Argentina are large-scale producers of green beans, there is plenty of this delicious vegetable available in our own backyard.Click here to see how to grow them in your backyard.
  • If you are unable to obtain fresh green beans, you can still get many valuable nutrients from green beans that have been frozen or canned.When first frozen and then cooked, retention of some B vitamins in green beans (like vitamins B6 and B2) can be as high as 90%.
  • Green beans have recently been shown to have impressive antioxidant capacity.
  • Green beans may be a particularly helpful food for providing us with the mineral silicon. This mineralis very important for bone health and for healthy formation of connective tissue. 

  

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