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Spillin’ the Beans

Beans are one of the most commonly eaten foods around the world because of their versatility, nutritional value and cost effectiveness.

Many varieties of beans are grown in the U.S., with North Dakota the leading producer of several types. Dry edible beans, such as black, red, pinto, navy and kidney, are part of the legume family. Other members of the legume family include lentils, peas, peanuts and soybeans.

Beans are rich in a variety of essential nutrients such as protein, fiber, iron, folate, potassium, magnesium and zinc. Beans also contain important cancer-fighting antioxidants. Because of their variety of nutrients, beans can be classified as a vegetable or protein food. However, beans contain a greater range of nutrients than many other vegetables or protein foods, making them a unique food.

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