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Green beans can be harmful to health if not prepared properly

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Bad news if you’ve been enjoying your green beans steamed or gently stewed: Germany’s Federal Institute for Risk Assessment warns that such cooking methods are unsuitable due to a harmful protein. Only high cooking temperatures can destroy phasin, a protein contained in legumes that can be harmful even in small amounts. Phasins are found in the seeds and pods of green beans. If they enter the body, they can cause gastrointestinal problems, often including nausea and abdominal pain, according to the German institute. In severe cases, bloody diarrhoea and fever can even occur. Symptoms usually a…

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