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Byline: DR MIRIAM STOPPARD Helping to keep you fit and healthy

1 Fresh green beans are low in calories and have no saturated fat.

2 They're a rich source of dietary fibre, which acts as a bulk laxative. This helps to protect the mucous membrane of the colon by decreasing its exposure time to toxic substances as well as by binding to cancer-causing chemicals in the colon. An adequate amount of fibre has also been shown to reduce blood cholesterol levels by decreasing re-absorption of cholesterol-binding bile acids in the colon.

3 Green beans contain vitamin A and beta-carotene, which help protect against free radicals.

4 Green beans are a good source of folate. This is one of the essential components of DNA synthesis and cell division. Good folate diet during preconception periods and during pregnancy helps prevent spina bifida.

5 They also contain good amounts of vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), vitamin B1 (thiamine) and vitamin C, which help the body develop resistance against any infection and free radicals.
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Title Annotation:Features; Opinion, Column
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Mar 6, 2014
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