1. Yard-long beans

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    Beans contain beta-carotene, chlorophyll, vitamins B1 and B2, protein, thiamine, riboflavin, phosphorus, iron, fiber, and pectin. Vegetables are useful for controlling blood sugar levels, treat hypertension, minimizes the risk of stroke, heart attack, treating constipation, and improve the functioning of the digestive organs. In addition, he also has diuretic properties (laxative urine) levels are. By taking it regularly can help smooth diyakinin urination.

    In some countries, beans are used to treat rheumatism, arthritis, and urinary tract disorders. Also to keep the skin from acne problems, helping fuel the recovery Lukar, diarrhea, eczema, kidney disorders, and itching. For those at risk of developing breast cancer and leukemia can take advantage of this vegetable because it contains anti-cancer substances. There are also the content of antioxidants, antiviral, and antibacterial. He also can improve the function of red blood cells, curing the disease of sheep, overcoming back pain, and anemia.

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    Yard-long beans. Scientific name: Vigna unguiculata

    Yard-long beans. Scientific name: Vigna unguiculata

  2. Yard long beans nutrition facts

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    Yard-long beans. Scientific name: Vigna unguiculata, sub. sesquipedalis

    Chewy and flavorful yard long beans, also known as Chinese snake beans, are closely related to black-eyed peas. Its immature, tender, edible pods are one of the most popular pod-vegetables used in the Philippines and other East Asian cuisines. The beans are also grown in small scales in the home gardens in Southern United states, West-Indies as well as in the Mediterranean regions.

    The yard long pods are actually legumes belonging to the Fabaceae family. The beans were thought to have originated in southern Chinese Yunnan province. Scientific name: Vigna unguiculata, sub. sesquipedalis. Some of the common names include asparagus-bean, string-bean or Chinese snake beans. The beans in general recognized by local names as bora (West Indies), dau gok (China), pole sitao (Philippines), etc.

    Yard-long bean is a fast growing annual plant; require trellis to support its growth. Dwarf and tall climbing varieties exist. Depending upon the cultivar type, it bears blue to violet flowers after about 6-10 weeks of seedling. Numerous pencil thin, tender, light-green, flexible-textured pods appear after about another two to four weeks following flowering. These fleshy, pendulous pods are usually harvested while they are immature and eaten as green vegetables. The pods vary in length that ranges from 30 to 80 cm.

    As in other bean varieties, harvesting may not be a time-guided event. The pods usually harvested early for young, immature beans, or they may left on the shrub to dry-out in order to obtain dried beans.

    Health benefits of yard long beans

    ♥ Yard-long beans are one of the ancient cultivated crops. Young, immature pods are one of very low calorie vegetables; 100 g beans contain just 47 calories.

    ♥ The pods contain large quantities of soluble and insoluble fibers. Since the entire green pod is eaten as in french-beans, sufficient amount of dietary fiber is obtained in the diet. Dietary-fiber helps to protect the mucousa colon by decreasing its exposure time to toxic substances as well as by binding to cancer-causing chemicals in the colon. Fiber rich food also found to reduce LDL-cholesterol levels by decreasing re-absorption of cholesterol binding bile acids in the colon.

    ♥ Fresh yard-long beans are one of the finest sources of folates. 100 g beans provide 62 µg or 15% of daily requirement of folates. Folate along with vitamin B-12 is one of the essential components of DNA synthesis and cell division. Adequate folate in the diet around conception and during pregnancy may help prevent neural-tube defects in the newborn baby.

    ♥ Fresh beans contain a good amount of vitamin C. 100 g yard-long beans provide 18.8 mg or 31% of vitamin C. Vitamin C is a powerful water-soluble antioxidant and when adequately provided in the diet, it helps build immunity against infections, help maintain blood vessel elasticity, and offer some protection from cancers. Continue reading


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