This day celebrates the bean in all sizes, shapes and colors. Beans (legumes) are one of the longest cultivated plants dating back to the early seventh millennium BC.
Today, just as throughout the Old and New World history, beans are an important source of protein. A very healthy choice for any meal or snack, they are also an excellent source of fiber, are low in fat and are high in complex carbohydrates, folate and iron.
Significant amounts of fiber and soluble fiber are found in beans as one cup of cooked beans provide between 9 and 13 grams of fiber. Soluble fiber can help in lowering blood cholesterol.
There are approximately 40,000 bean varieties in the world.
Only a fraction of these varieties are mass-produced for regular consumption.