Fresh green beans are very low in calories (31 calories per 100 g of
raw bean pods) and contain no saturated fat. Nevertheless, these lean
pod vegetables are a very good source of vitamins, minerals, and
plant derived micronutrients.
Green beans contain excellent levels of vitamin A, and health
promoting flavonoid poly phenolic antioxidants such as lutein,
zea-xanthin and ÃŸ-carotene in good amounts. These compounds
help act as protective scavengers against oxygen-derived free
radicals and reactive oxygen species (ROS) that play a role in aging and various disease processes.
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