Green Beans

Description: Although green beans vary in size they average about four inches in length. food - green beans2They are usually deep emerald green in color and come to a slight point at either end. They contain tiny seeds within their thin pods.

Availability: Summer through early fall

Facts: Green beans are picked while still immature and the inner bean is just beginning to form. They are one of only a few varieties of beans that are eaten fresh.

Serving Size = 1/2 CUP

Selection: Choose fresh, well colored beans that snap easily when bent.

Food - nutrition label green beansStorage: Refrigerate in plastic bag, use within 1 week.

Nutrition Benefits: Fat free; saturated fat free; sodium free; cholesterol free; low calorie; good source of fiber; good source of vitamin C.

Pigments: Beta-carotene, lutein, zeaxathin, indoles, isothiocyanates, organosulfur compounds

Phytochemicals: Flavones, flavonanones, flavonols,

ORAC Score: 200

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