Fast facts on green beans
Here are some key points about green beans. More detail and supporting information is in the main article.
- There are more than 130 varieties of green beans
- Green beans are a rich source of vitamins A, C, and K
- It is important to rinse and drain canned beans to reduce sodium content
Consuming fruits and vegetables of all kinds can help reduce the risk of many adverse health conditions.
Many studies have suggested that including more plant foods, such as green beans, in the diet decreases the risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and overall mortality.
Consumption of fruit and vegetables also promotes a healthy complexion, increased energy, and overall lower weight.
According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Nutrient Database, one standard cup of canned snap beans (about 150 grams) contains:
- 28 calories
- 0.55 grams (g) of fat
- 5.66 g of carbohydrate
- 2.6 g of fiber
- 1.94 g of sugar
- 1.42 g of protein
In terms of nutrients, it contains:
- 17 milligrams (mg) of calcium
- 1.2 mg of iron
- 18 mg magnesium
- 30 mg of phosphorus
- 130 mg potassium
- 24 micrograms (mcg) of vitamin A
- 52.5 mcg of vitamin K
- 32 mcg of folate
However, one cup of drained canned snap beans also contains 362 micrograms of sodium. Consumers should rinse canned beans before use. For the best source of nutrients and lowest sodium, choose fresh or frozen greens beans for cooking.
Green beans also contain folate, thiamin, riboflavin, iron, magnesium, and potassium.