Legumes are a plant family with pods that include a unitary line of seeds, such as garden and black-eyed peas; green, black, red, great northern, lima, kidney, pinto and garbanzo beans; lentils and soybeans.
Dried kinds of mature seeds, what we know as beans, also do some great benefit to the protein, vitamin, mineral, and dietary content of a meal. Legumes are rich in protein, A half cup can provide about 10% of protein needs, and at a “cost” of just 5% of energy requirements more or less.
Consuming these legume protein sources regularly can increase substantial amounts of nutrients to a diet. What’s more, the soluble fiber in them can do some favor to lower blood cholesterol and moderate the swings in blood glucose that happen after eating.