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Bean Nutrition

The most recent USDA Dietary Guidelines include new information and recommendations for healthy eating. Spurred by rising instances of obesity and other chronic illnesses, such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer, the guidelines call for, among other things, eating more nutrient dense foods while limiting caloric intake.

Beans rank high in the USDA’s recommendations. They provide essential nutrients, including folate, thiamin, niacin, choline, magnesium, potassium, calcium and iron. In addition, they contain important antioxidants and are a low-fat, vegetarian protein source.

The Dietary Guidelines recommend one and one-half cups per week as part of a diet that averages 2,000 calories per day. This presents an important opportunity for food manufacturers, as the average consumption in America is less than one cup per week [1].

ADM Edible Beans and VegeFull Cooked Ground Beans can help you create foods that meet the nutritional demands of today’s population with great-tasting, better-for-you products.


1.  U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2005
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