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Are beans a protein food or a vegetable?

 

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Both! Beans and peas are excellent sources of plant protein, and also provide other nutrients such as iron and zinc which is why they are considered part of the Protein Foods Group. Many people consider beans and peas as vegetarian alternatives for meat. However, they are also considered part of the Vegetable Group because they are excellent sources of dietary fiber and nutrients such as folate and potassium.

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