Food Focus: Beans

Food Focus: Beans

Food Focus: Beans

We're not talking about your grandma's lima beans! With over 40,000 types of beans, there's a bean for everyone!

Due to the variety in size, texture, taste, and nutrients, beans are prevalent in almost every culture.

While most of us might think of black beans as the most commonly eaten bean in the US, chickpeas, lentils, and soybeans are quickly becoming more popular.

Beans are rich in:

  • Fiber: keeps you fuller longer and improves cardiovascular health
  • Protein: aids in muscle growth and repair
  • Folate: a key component of red blood cell production



Common Reactions to Beans

  • Gas
  • Hives
  • Cramps
  • Diarrhea

It's also important to remember that soybeans are among the nine most common food allergens.



Endless Options

Beans are a fantastic option when you are trying to rotate your proteins. Here are a few fun options where beans are your main protein.

  • Hummus: Grab a blender, your favorite spices, and a lot of chickpeas
  • Bean Tacos: Wrap some black beans in jicama with Pico de Gallo and add some spices
  • One-pan Tofu and Veggies: Bake cubed tofu and veggies together for an easy meal

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