What are beans?

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You know that certain foods you eat are either fruits or vegetables, but you might be wondering exactly where beans come from and what they are?!

Most beans are technically seeds that we are able to use as food. Sometimes, foods that we refer to as beans (such as string beans) are actually the whole pods of a bean plant with its seeds still inside, which we refer to and eat just like the beans alone!

Beans are generally classified as neither a fruit nor a vegetable. Most beans are classified as a type of food called “legumes” (which refers to beans as well as peas, lentils, and peanuts) although some beans, especially when still in their pods (like snap peas) are thought of and used like vegetables. Beans are very healthy to eat, being full of both fiber and protein, as well as lots of flavor! – Yum!

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