Beans, nuts, and seeds are rich and important sources of nutritional fiber, protein, healthy fats, and energy in the form of calories. They are particularly important for people who follow vegan and vegetarian diets. Science has been studying the positive health effects of these plants for decades showing the positive effects on cardiovascular health, and reduced risks for diabetes, cancer, and other diseases. This section will review the nutritional values of these types of foods along with their limitations and use in foods.
What you will learn in this section:
The difference between beans, legumes, nuts, and seeds.
Information about the nutrients in these plants along with some anti-nutrients, which can cause difficulties in digestion and absorption.
The differences between canned and dried beans and how dried beans are typically cooked.
Ways to use beans and descriptions of the different types of beans, nuts, and seeds sold in the US.
Specific information about soybeans and the various foods made from soybeans.
Information about various foods that are derived from nuts and seeds.