Green Beans

green beans

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Green beans, also known as string bean, snap bean in the northeastern and western United States, or ejotes in Mexico, are the unripe fruit of various cultivars of the common bean (WIkipedia, nd).

Allergy Alert:

In addition, there is considerable food allergy cross-reactivity within the legumes themselves. Someone who is allergic to any legume food, be it peas, lentils, beans, peanuts, soy, etc. will be almost 80% more likely to already be allergic to at least one other legume food….and one out of three with a known food allergy to any legume, will turn out to be allergic to all of them. Often the reaction from a food or pollen allergy to legumes will exhibit itself as atopic dermatitis, as an itchy skin rash. Skin rash caused by soy or soy products is more likely to cause this dermatitis than is allergy to peanut (Allergy Free Gardening, nd).

Common Uses:

Green beans are of nearly universal distribution. They are marketed canned, frozen, and fresh. Green beans are often steamed, boiled, stir-fried, or baked in casseroles. Some restaurants in the USA serve green beans that are battered and fried, and Japanese restaurants in the United States frequently serve green bean tempura (Wikipedia, nd).

Nutritional Information:

Amount Per 1 cup 1/2″ pieces (100 g)

Calories 31
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0.2 g 0%
Saturated fat 0 g 0%
Polyunsaturated fat 0.1 g
Monounsaturated fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Sodium 6 mg 0%
Potassium 211 mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 7 g 2%
Dietary fiber 2.7 g 10%
Sugar 3.3 g
Protein 1.8 g 3%
Vitamin A 13% Vitamin C 20%
Calcium 3% Iron 5%
Vitamin D 0% Vitamin B-6 5%
Vitamin B-12 0% Magnesium 6%

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