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Green Beans Benefits for Babies

Almost everyone can eat green bean, including babies. Green beans, though tough to digest, are packed with important nutrients for your baby, as long as it is carefully cooked and digestible.

1. Source of vitamin A, K and C, high dietary fiber, carotene zeaxanthin

Green beans, thanks to these vitamins’ presence, neutralize harmful free radicals. Vitamin C helps fight infection (colds or flu), while fiber helps keep the baby’s system toxin-free.

The carotene zeaxanthin protects the baby’s eye health from UV rays , thus protecting them  against macular degeneration.

2. Minerals like calcium, iron, potassium, magnesium, manganese sodium, phosphorous and zinc.

Green beans also contain iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese, and potassium, which are  essential for body metabolism. They also contain kaempferol and quercetin, which are flavonoids that are essential but not very common in vegetables.

Choosing Tips:

Look for fresh, unprocessed green beans which look bright green in color and get snapped off easily. Avoid the ones which have wrinkles and brown spots or bruises on them. Also, do not choose the beans if the outline is visible as they tend to be rough.

Cooking Tips:

Before you cook the green beans, wash them and chop off both the ends.

  • Steam them for 5 minutes until it becomes tender and bright green in color.

This will soften the beans, hence makes it easier for the kids to chew.

  • You can toss the beans in butter and add fresh herbs for a wonderful taste.
  • Grated cheese can also be sprinkled to make it more delicious.
  • For older babies, you can toss the beans with olive oil and sprinkle garlic powder and lemon juice.
  • When you are steaming beans, add fresh mint to the steaming bowl for a lovely aroma.
  • You should also try making green bean puree for younger babies.

Source: https://whatscooking.fns.usda.gov/recipes/supplemental-nutrition-assistance-program-snap/green-bean-saute

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