The word “bean” doesn’t refer to a single food. A “bean” is simply a large seed from the plant family ‘Fabaceae.’
“Beans” don’t just include black beans or green beans, but also lentils, soybeans, chickpeas, and even peanuts. Yes, peanuts are beans!
A fact that one should remember is that beans are critical to global food security, especially in the face of climate change. As our global population continues to expand, it’s so important to have a supply of crops that can survive a variety of growing conditions.
Still not convinced? Here are the reasons:
- Beans are inexpensive
- Low in fat and high in fiber
- They can be drought-resistant and heat-resistant too
- Beans don’t require much water to grow
- Good for your heart
- Beans are high in iron and zinc
- They’re great nitrogen fixers
- Beans have a lot of protein
- They come in many varieties and are delicious
Sure, beans aren’t going to solve the global food crisis on their own. But they’re definitely going to be an important crop in the years — and growing conditions — to come.