Dried Beans and Peas Are Healthy Foods

Dried beans and peas are packed with fiber and nutrients

They are excellent sources of plant protein, iron, and zinc, and are low in fat and high in protein.

They can be substituted for meat in a vegetarian diet, and/or utilized as a fiber source for everyday diets.

You can also complement them with grains, such as rice, as a great substitute for high fat protein sources like meats.

Did you know that they are filling enough to stave off hunger?

Yes, it's true.

If you are trying to lose weight, try eating more beans. They will fill you up quicker.

Dried beans and peas are in 2 of the major food groups:
  • Vegetables
  • Meat and Beans

A few of the best sources include:

Kidney beans - Are most notably known for their shape (Kidney) and dark red skin. Kidney beans contain no cholesterol and when combined with whole grains provide fat free, high quality protein.

Navy beans - Navy beans are small, white beans that are mildly flavored. They are low fat and very high in fiber (soluble fiber), and provide a good source of iron, potassium, and magnesium.

Black-eyed peas - Black-eyed peas are usually medium-sized, tan beans that get their name from a black (or sometimes brown or purple) eye-shaped mark. They are low-fat, high-fiber, contain no cholesterol, and are also low in sodium. They are high in potassium, iron, and fiber.

Soy beans - Soy beans can be many colors; black, brown, blue, yellow, and/or green. Soy beans are the most widely grown bean in the world. They have a slightly nutty flavor. Soy beans have very high level of protein and essential fatty acids.

Garbanzo beans - Most commonly know as Chickpeas. Chickpeas are considered to have a buttery texture with a nut like taste. They are a high source of cholesterol lowering fiber and protein. They contain a healthy source of zinc and foliate.

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