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Carbs in Green Beans

Carbohydrate and Nutritional Information and Low-Carb Recipes for Green Beans


Updated May 23, 2014

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Green beans, string beans, snap beans -- they are all the same thing, and they have a lot to offer us in the way of nutrition for a very low amount of carbohydrate. (Yellow string beans aren't quite as nutritious as the green type.)

Carbohydrate and Fiber Counts for Raw Green Beans

  • ½ cup green beans (or about 10 4" beans): 2 grams effective (net) carbohydrate plus 2 grams fiber and 17 calories
  • ¼ lb (4 oz) green beans: 4 grams effective (net) carbohydrate plus 2 grams fiber and 35 calories

Glycemic Index for Green Beans

As with most non-starchy vegetables, there is no scientific study of the glycemic index of green beans.

More Information about the Glycemic Index

Estimated Glycemic Load of Green Beans

  • ½ cup green beans (or about 10 4" beans): 1
  • ¼ lb (4 oz) green beans: 3

More Information About the Glycemic Load

Health Benefits of Green Beans

Green beans are a very good source of fiber. They are an excellent source of Vitamin C, a very good source of Vitamin K and Vitamin A and a good source of folate and manganese. They also contain fair amounts of many other nutrients including potassium, iron, beta-carotene, lutein and B vitamins.

Low-Carb Recipes with Green Beans

More Information About Green Beans at Calorie Count.

More Carb Profiles:


Leroux, MarcusFoster-Powell, Kaye, Holt, Susanna and Brand-Miller, Janette. "International table of glycemic index and glycemic load values: 2002." American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Vol. 76, No. 1, 5-56, (2002).

USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 20.

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