Long bean pods contain large quantities of soluble and insoluble fibres which help protect the mucousa colon by decreasing its exposure time to toxic substances as well as by binding to cancer-causing chemicals in the colon. They also reduce LDL-cholesterol levels by decreasing re-absorption of cholesterol binding bile acids in the colon. They are a rich source of folates (one of the best). Folate along with vitamin B-12 is one of the essential components of DNA synthesis and cell division.
Long beans have many hybrids and you can usually tell them apart based on their colours of their mature seeds. Ok, maybe you’ve got to still be an expert!
Stir fried garlic Chinese long beans in a favourite dish. Try it and you’ll see why. It’s easy to prepare too! Cut up a bunch of long beans into 2 inch segments. Heat wok to medium high heat. Add vegetable oil and minced garlic. When the garlic begins to brown slightly, add the beans. Add about 1 tablespoon of water, cover, and steam. Wait for 5 minutes, or until beans are cooked thoroughly. Add salt as needed and soy sauce to taste and you’re good to go!