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Articles November 2013 Issue

Beans of All Kinds Equally Good for You

Protein, fiber and a menu of other nutrients make beans a healthy choice.

You already know beans are good for you: The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend that women consume 1 1/2 cups of beans and other legumes weekly, or 1 cup for ages 51-plus, and that men eat 2 cups a week, 1 1/2 cups after age 50. Moreover, beans and other legumes are the only type of food that the Guidelines promote in two different categories—as part of the Protein Foods Group (along with meats, poultry and fish) and as part of the Vegetable Group, because they are excellent sources of dietary fiber and nutrients such as folate and potassium.

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