Green beans are also referred to as string beans due to the string running lengthwise along the pod seam (which has long since been eliminated by breeding methods), hence its newer name snap beans. They are so called because the newer varieties are picked at a more immature stage and can actually be snapped in two with a simple finger twist action. At times they are also called “haricot vert” which is French for “green beans”.
Regardless of the name you call them by, the fact remains that they are easily juiced and provide a mildly sweet flavor to almost any combination of juices. They are relatively inexpensive and easily available throughout the year in most parts of the world.
- 2 cups chopped green beans
- 1 cup chopped spinach
- 1 cucumber
- 1 pear
- 1 tsp lemon juice
Wash all the ingredients thoroughly and chop into appropriate size to fit the juicer with ease. Juice and enjoy chilled with ice.
Green beans are an exceptional source of a large number of vitamins and minerals. They also provide a number of very important carotenoids like lutein, beta-carotene and zeaxanthin that offer numerous health benefits. A one cup serving of raw green beans contains only 44 calories and provides approximately 22% vitamin K, 18% manganese, 16% vitamin C, 16% fiber (when fiber is not extracted), 10% folate, 9% vitamin B2, 8% copper, 7.5% vitamin B1, 6% chromium, 5% magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, choline, vitamin A , B3 and calcium. Furthermore it supplies 4.5% iron and protein and close to 4% of the daily recommended dose of vitamin E and B6.
Health Benefits of Green Beans
When looking at green beans you would never guess that they contain the same pigments which give some vegetables their yellow, orange and red colors. While the main function of these compounds is to work as antioxidants, they carry out other jobs as well. The beta-carotene is converted into a form of vitamin A necessary for normal night vision, while lutein and zeaxanthin protect the eyes against high intensity light. The calcium you consume is only good for the bones if it is absorbed by the body. Vitamin K makes proteins necessary for the absorption of calcium. Additionally it regulates bone metabolism to maintain bone density. The vitamin C offers protection to healthy cells against damage from free radicals. Vitamin C is also used by the body to produce collagen which is needed for young looking skin, healthy tendons, connective tissue, bone and organs. The manganese in green beans relieves symptoms of osteoporosis, and PMS, while helping the body to absorb other vital nutrients.