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Green Beans and Managing Diabetes

Green beans have been a staple of the human diet dating back to Mesoamerica, where they were first cultivated by indigenous peoples. Archaeological evidence suggests that green beans, along with other types of beans, were an important part of the diet in this region as early as 7000 BC.

Along with their historical significance, green beans also have many health benefits, especially for this managing diabetes. In today’s article, I am going to share just a few reasons that green beans are good for you and share some other information about this wonderful bean.

 

Health Benefits:

Green beans offer a variety of benefits for those managing diabetes. First, green beans have low glycemic index and high fiber content. The low glycemic index means they have a minimal impact on blood sugar levels. Additionally, the fiber in green beans slows down the digestion and absorption of carbohydrates, stabilizing blood glucose levels.

Second, they are a nutrient-dense vegetable packed with essential vitamins and minerals. They are a great source of vitamin C, K, folate, and minerals like manganese. These nutrients play a crucial role in supporting various bodily functions.

Next, because of their fiber levels, they are an excellent food source for those trying to shed a few pounds. This due to the fact that they low in calories and rich in dietary fiber, promoting a sense of fullness. This helps control your appetite, reducing the temptation to overindulge in high-calorie foods.

Finally, green beans are rich in antioxidants, including flavonoids. This help protect cells from damage caused by free radicals, reducing the risk of chronic diseases and supporting overall health.

 

A variety of ways to enjoy them:

Green beans have varying degrees of ways you can enjoy their health benefits including:

Roasted String Beans: Toss 1 pound of string beans with 1T olive oil, salt, and pepper and spread evenly on a baking pan. Roast at 425 degrees for about 10-12 minutes.

Cashew Green Beans: Steam or microwave green beans then toss with a drizzle of olive oil and chopped roasted cashews.

Sautéed Lemon Greens Beans: Place 1 pound of green beans in a skillet with 1T of olive oil and sauté for about 5-7 minutes. Remove from heat. Squeeze ½ of a fresh lemon on the beans and add pepper to taste.

In conclusion, green beans are a wonderful super food with many health benefits and ways of being prepared to enjoy with a meal. If you have any questions on this or other nutrition articles, please feel free to reach out to me at my contact information below.

 


About the Author:
Kyle Almoney is the Community Health Coordinator at the YMCA of the Roses and a member of the Diabetes Coalition of York. If you have any questions, feel free to contact him at Kalmoney@rosesymca.org

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