With New Years nearing I started thinking about Black Eyed Peas. I usually follow the widely held tradition of making the legumes for New Years for good luck. Whether they actually bring you good luck or not they are good for you so why not make them just in case.
When I searched for information on legumes, I found an extensive amount from the Mayo Clinic. You know if this prestigious institution has detailed information on legumes they must be good for you.
Here is some information adapted from the clinic's website, www.mayoclinic.com:
Legumes — a class of vegetables that includes beans, peas and lentils — are among the most versatile and nutritious foods available. Legumes are typically low in fat, contain no cholesterol, and are high in folate, potassium, iron and magnesium. They also contain beneficial fats and soluble and insoluble fiber. A good source of protein, legumes can be a healthy substitute for meat, which has more fat and cholesterol.
Type of legumes
Many supermarkets and food stores stock a wide variety of legumes — both dried and canned. Below are several of the more common types and their typical uses.