Yes, in fact, they count as both a vegetable serving as well as a protein serving in the food group categories. All types of beans offer a great source of nutrients such as folic acid, iron, and magnesium as well as protein and fiber. For more information, check out our article on Beans: Satisfying, Nutritious, and Economical.
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