Green beans, also known as string beans, are a popular side dish you can find everywhere from picnics to holiday meals—here are four reasons to always keep them on your grocery shopping list.
Green Beans Are Nutritious
Green beans are a scrumptious way to add vitamins to your diet. They contain vitamin A, C, E, and K, as well as thiamin, and niacin.
They are also rich in minerals, especially manganese, a nutrient that plays a key role in blood clotting, as well as the metabolism of amino acids, cholesterol, and carbohydrates, among others.
They Are Versatile
Few ingredients are as versatile as green beans. Some ideas to surprise your family and friends include:
- With sauce
Green Beans Are Low in Fat
In addition to being delicious and versatile, green beans are also low in fat, making them an excellent option if you are watching your figure or if you are looking for a dish that contains little cholesterol. Additionally, green beans are also low in sodium, so they tick all the right boxes for a meal that promotes heart health.
They Have an Interesting Story
As is the case with many ingredients, eating green beans means having an interesting story on your plate. String beans originated in Central and South America and found their way to Europe in the 16th century thanks to the Spanish conquistadores. Interestingly enough, green beans didn’t have an immediate impact on European cuisine: they were adopted in France and Italy only in the late 19th century. The rest is delicious history.
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