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National Eat Your Beans Day

Beans are eaten and enjoyed today, on National Eat Your Beans Day, which is sometimes referred to as National Eat Beans Day. There are approximately 40,000 bean varieties, but only a small amount of them are cultivated for consumption. Some of the most common are garbanzo (chickpea), lima, soy, green, white, black, pinto, kidney, and navy, as well as black-eyed peas. Beans have many nutritional benefits. They are high in protein and an important source of it, especially for vegetarians. Beans are made up of complex carbohydrates and are fat-free. They are known for their fiber and have both soluble and insoluble. The former helps to lower blood cholesterol. Beans also have substantial amounts of potassium, iron, calcium, magnesium, zinc, and antioxidants, as well as folate, which helps lower the risk of heart disease. Beans have great versatility and are used to prepare many dishes. They are mixed in soups, are the heart of baked beans, are used in casseroles such as green bean casserole, are stuffed in tacos, and blended to make hummus. With such versatility, there are so many ways to celebrate with them today!

How to Observe National Eat Your Beans Day

Celebrate by eating beans! There are many bean-centered dishes you could make and try. Maybe you could even host a bean dish party potluck. Here are a few recipes to get you started:

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