What is the nutritional value of beans?

Judy Caplan
Nutrition & Dietetics
Beans are by far the best plant source of protein. Beans or legumes are edible seeds enclosed in pods. In addition to protein, legumes are loaded with energy giving complex carbohydrates. They are also full of B vitamins, zinc, potassium, magnesium, calcium, and iron. Beans have the highest protein content of any plant food. The protein comes in a package that is low in calories, cholesterol free, virtually fat free, and generally high in fiber. Though the protein is incomplete, this deficiency can be overcome by serving them with rice or other grains, seeds or nuts, or a small amount animal protein such as poultry, fish, egg white, or low fat yogurt.

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