One of the most common vegetables in the American diet has been undergoing a rather revolutionary change lately. Have you been to a restaurant that does not serve battered and seasoned fried green beans lately? Some of them good, some of the bad, but really, why go through all the trouble. Season some green beans that are boiled in a pot and drained before serving and you still get a load of taste that pales in comparison to the load of nutritional advantage they offer.
If you have been surprised to find green beans turned into a hot item at the deep fried section of the local carnival, prepare to be even more surprised by what plain old boiled green beans can bring you. When you think vitamin C, you probably think juicy orange fruits, don’t you? Well, what if I were to tell you that one cup of green beans cooked the old-fashioned way is capable of delivering no less than 20% of the vitamin C you should be getting each and every day? That’s right: boiled green beans can give you one-fifth of the vitamin that does everything from improving your immune system to improving your state of mind. Vitamin C can reduce the time it takes to heal infections as well as elevate your mood. Why wouldn’t you want to add green beans to your diet?
Why stop at one-fifth of the vitamin C you need per day when you can also get one-fourth of the vitamin K you need just by eating a cup of green beans? Did you know that one of the side effects of taking antibiotics is that some of the bacteria that the medicine kills happens to have the positive effect of naturally producing vitamin K? The potential for a vitamin K deficiency while recovering from an illness is one very good reason to add green beans to your diet during that recovery process. The loss of vitamin K can lead to excessive bleeding since vitamin K contributes to efficient clotting.
Granola? Who needs granola? Granola has all the flavor of Mike Farrell doing Hamlet. (That joke would have killed if I’d published this in 1978!) You can get 16% of the dietary fiber you require in a day by eating a cup of green beans. Truth be told, however, current dietary recommendations may actually be underplaying how much fiber most people should be getting. So go ahead and double dip on the serving of green beans to make sure you are really getting all the fiber you need. Why? Because diets high in fiber have this nifty little trick of lowering levels of bad cholesterol. And the lower your bad cholesterol, the higher the chances of living a long life without coronary disease.