So what’s so great about beans?
Beans are high in plant-based protein, making them a lower fat, less expensive, and more sustainable option than animal protein.
The USDA considers beans both a protein and a vegetable, because they fit the requirements for both food groups. They’re two healthy foods in one!
Beans have iron, zinc, folate, potassium, and other great nutrients.
Beans are nice to other plants. Beans are the only vegetable that put nitrogen back into the soil, helping other plants grow.
Beans are high in fiber, which can help lower cholesterol and control blood sugar levels. While they’re not a “wonderful fruit” like the rhyme suggests, the fiber in beans also helps regulate the digestive system.