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French bean is an ingredient used in Indian cooking Also known as:
Bhakla, Fansi, Phansi

Description:
French beans are a long, slender green pod with small seeds inside. It has been bred especially for the fleshiness, flavor, or sweetness of their pods.  The entire pod is edible. It is also called string bean because of the fibrous string-now bred out of the species-that used to run down the pod's seam and snap bean for the sound the bean makes when broken in half. French beans have a fair amount of vitamins A and C.  

Commonly used in:
Steamed, boiled, stir-fried or baked in casseroles. It is also used in stew and in poriyals.

Health benefit:
It is rich in fibre and low in calories.  It contains phosphorus, vitamins A, B, D and starch, much iron, which aid blood cells production. Vitamin B in them benefits the spleen and kidneys.  They help to alleviate swelling stomach, bad appetite, premature ejaculation, and frequent urination. It is also used to treat diabetes.  It helps to increase the hemoglobin count and provides energy to the body.  It provides us with mineral silicon which is important for bone health and for healthy formation of connective tissues.

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