The younger the beans are sweeter they are. If they are left for a significant amount of time, they wither and although their seeds can be dried to use as a legume, they are best eaten fresh, young, green and sweet.
Beans are an excellent source of both solube fibre and insolube fibre. Soluble fibre helps lower cholestrol levels by binding it to the small intestine and passing it through the body.
Beans can also be used as a prebiotic due the fact that it ferments in the large intestine and feeds good bacteria. This fermentation also produces short chain fatty acids that significantly contribute to overall health. Beans are also rich in vitamin C.
Beans are a good source of folate (one of the eight vitamins in the B group) which keeps blood healthy and important for children. It’s especially important for mums to get enough folate at the beginning of a pregnancy to help prevent some birth defects in the baby.
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