Beans and peas (such as kidney beans, pinto beans, black beans, garbanzo beans, black-eyed peas, split peas, and lentils) are unique foods.
They are part of both the Vegetable Group and the Protein Foods Group, so when you eat foods containing beans or peas, you have a choice.
You may want to count them as part of your vegetables for the day, or as a Protein Food.
Why do beans and peas count in both Vegetable and Protein Foods groups? Beans and peas are excellent sources of protein.
They also provide other nutrients, such as iron and zinc, similar to seafood, meat, poultry, and other foods in the Protein Foods group.
In addition, they are excellent sources of dietary fiber and nutrients such as potassium and folate,
which are also found in other foods in the Vegetable group.