The health benefits of French beans
By: LYDIA ATIENO
Green/French beans, locally known as Imiteja in Kinyarwanda, are a popular side dish and are grown widely in Rwanda. This makes them easily accessible on local market stands at an affordable price. Being a legume rich in vitamin composition, nutritionists say consuming them comes with many health benefits.
For instance, they point out that apart from enormous vitamins and minerals they contain, this type of beans when consumed help reduce the risks of one getting heart diseases, colon cancers, diabetes, as well as boost the immune system.
According to Venuste Muhamyankaka, the president of Rwanda Nutritionists’ Society, apart from being crunchy, these green beans contain vast vitamins and minerals that are good for the health of the body.
He notes that, for instance, they are low in calories and fat with no cholestral, which when consumed on daily basis prevents one from being at risk of getting heart attacks and strokes.
Muhamyankaka says these beans also contain fiber which is essential in preventing some cancers and diabetes. Fiber also helps prevent one from gaining excess weight, which can be a risk factor for many other diseases.
“The fiber in the beans helps reduce the cholesterol level in the blood. Again, if one has a problem of constipation, consumption of the beans can aid in softening of the stool thus making it easier to pass,” he says.
Muhamyankaka notes that apart from just providing protein needed for the body, they are a good source of vitamins such as A, C, K B6, as well as folic acid. Calcium, iron, manganesium are also some of the minerals found in French beans….
Source: New Times