Beans and Legumes: What’s the Dif­fer­ence?

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Legumes are a broad cat­e­gory of seeds that grow in pods. They in­clude beans, peas, and lentils. So beans are al­ways legumes, but legumes aren’t al­ways beans. For va­ri­eties where you eat both the seed and the pod— such as snow peas or green beans— the legume is con­sid­ered a veg­etable. And while we call peanuts “nuts,” they’re dif­fer­ent from tree nuts like al­monds and pe­cans. Be­cause they’re seeds that grow in pods, they’re tech­ni­cally legumes— but they don’t have the same nu­tri­tional pro­file.

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