The green bean is one of the most popular vegetables, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, but it has a big slice of our diet.
According to the USDA, about 15 percent of Americans eat green beans, kale or other green vegetables.
The USDA also says that we’re consuming about 12 to 14 percent of our total daily calorie needs from green vegetables each day.
But what’s the nutritional value of green vegetables?
I recently had a chance to speak with Dr. Sarah B. LeBlanc, a plant physiologist and associate professor at Cornell University.
Her research has focused on the nutritional content of plant species and the role that plants play in maintaining a healthy diet.
Leblanc and I discussed some of the key nutrients found in green vegetables and how they affect health.