Beans, fresh

Beans, fresh

A bean is a seed of one of several genera of the flowering plant family Fabaceae, which are used for human or animal food.

The word "bean" and its Germanic cognates (e.g., German Bohne) have existed in common use in West Germanic languages since before the 12th century, referring to broad beans and other pod-borne seeds. This was long before the New World genus Phaseolus was known in Europe. After Columbian-era contact between Europe and the Americas, use of the word was extended to pod-borne seeds of Phaseolus, such as the common bean and the runner bean, and the related genus Vigna. The term has long been applied generally to many other seeds of similar form, such as Old World soybeans, peas, chickpeas (garbanzo beans), other vetches, and lupins, and even to those with slighter resemblances, such as coffee beans, vanilla beans, castor beans, and cocoa beans. Thus the term "bean" in general usage can mean a host of different species.

Beans are high in protein, complex carbohydrates, folate, and iron. Beans also have significant amounts of fiber and soluble fiber, with one cup of cooked beans providing between nine and 13 grams of fiber. Soluble fiber can help lower blood cholesterol.

Consuming beans adds significant amounts of fiber and soluble fiber to a diet, with one cup of cooked beans providing between nine and thirteen grams of fiber. Soluble fiber can help lower blood cholesterol. Adults are recommended to have up to two (female), and three (male) servings. 3/4 cup of cooked beans provide one serving.

Fresh beans Nutrition Facts: Calories, Carbs, and Health Benefits

Fresh beans are 70.24% water, 20.17% carbohydrates, 6.84% protein, 4.9% dietary fiber, 1.89% ash and 0.86% fat. One cup of fresh beans supplies you with 38.928 grams of carbohydrates, which is 29.94 percent of the minimum of 130 grams of carbohydrates you should have daily, according to the Institute of Medicine (US). That same they have an energy value of 473 kJ (113 Calories) in a 100 g (3.5 Oz) amount and are an important source of Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) (31.2% of the Daily Value). So if your diet contains fresh beans, it helps your body to absorb iron from food and defend itself more naturally since vitamin C is an antioxidant, reduce probability of heart disease by fighting cholesterol, reduce the risk of anemia as this vitamin absorbs iron and it is effective against gout (a type of arthritis) attacks by reducing blood uric acid levels, dementia since vitamin C impacts memory positively and high blood pressure. In addition they contain a considerable amount of Manganese and Copper attaining 67.5% and 35.33% of the Daily Value in a 100 g (3.5 Oz), respectively.