April 1998 Issue

Good Nutrition Is Full of Beans (and Peas and Lentils)

Don't be fooled by beans' reputation as a poor man's food. Nutritionally, beans (and all legumes) are fit for a king. Plenty of Plant Protein. Among plants, legumes (dried beans, dried peas, lentils and peanuts) are tops in quality and quantity of protein. A half-cup provides seven to eight grams of protein and costs only pennies a serving. Though soybean is the only legume whose protein is "complete" (provides adequate amounts of all

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