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Properties of beans

Properties of beans

Mireia Cervera 18 May 2017

Although it is true that this vegetable is found throughout the year, it is now, when its season begins. Discover in this post all the benefits and curiosities of one of the most popular vegetables.

It is believed thatTheir cultivation began about 5,000 years ago and they are originally from Asia, but the truth is that in Europe they began to be known and consumed after the discovery of America. Today they are grown almost all over the world in areas with mild climates.

Green beans are the immature fruits of the legume plant Phaseolus vulgaris, known by different names: beans, kidney beans, kidney beans or kidney beans. Young pods can have various shapes (flat orrounded), colors (green, purple, mottled pink, yellow ...) and sizes. So much variation is due to the different crosses between plants, and the adaptations to all kinds of conditions in which they have been cultivated in their long history.

Nutritional properties

Like most vegetables, its water content is very important, being able to reach 90% of its weight. Regarding minerals, it is worth noting the high potassium and low sodium content that favors the elimination of excess liquids.of the organism.

Green beans are an important source of vitamin C. The functions of this vitamin are very broad, but one of the main ones is its ability to neutralize free radicals.it is. This antioxidant function helps the body to avoid cellular aging and the appearance of numerous degenerative diseases. Folates are another of the nutrients that it provides us, especially suitable for pregnant women. In less quantity we find B vitamins, necessary for the proper functioning of tissues and muscles of the body, among other things.

Due to their soluble fiber content, they are a good option when it comes to aHelp our body to lower cholesterol levels, as well as improve intestinal transit and prevent constipation.

They also have small amounts of carotenes and lutein . In relation to thisThe compounds, there are numerous studies that have indicated that they are effective antioxidants, providing protection against oxidative damage in cells; and that at the same time they are able to stimulate immune function. In this way, they preserveall its qualities during a period of time that oscillates between five and ten days.

In the market

Green beans are vegetables that we can always find in the market, however their optimal time is from April to September. In the market, choose the firmer ones and those that have a coloralive and bright. The highest quality are those with little marked seeds. If we bring the ends of the pod close and it does not break, it is not fresh. The best way to keep them is in a perforated plastic bag and store them on the pLess cold art from the fridge.

In the kitchen

Green beans can be found in all markets in the world, as they are used in any gastronomy. Its mild flavor with a toqthat sweetness is highly appreciated in all kitchens. They are very versatile in the kitchen, the best way to cook them is to steam them for five to seven minutes. Then you can prepare them in salads, add them to scrambled eggs, sauté them ... or simply cook them.mix them with other vegetables in puree or stew.

Although we find them all year round, now is their season and we can enjoy all of their newly renovated properties.rtadas. Don't forget to include them in your recipes!

Mireia Cervera Nutritionist Teresa Carles Healthy Foods Group - Flax & Kale