Legumes, nuts, seeds and grains are known in the nutrition world to be providers of a variety of nutrients, mainly protein, carbohydrates, fats, and minerals, while not as widely known as providers of antioxidants.
In many cultures, some of these beans and grains are staple diets.
Just a short side note to clarify the above ... although it does not matter in terms of antioxidants, but clarifying some definitions helps in understanding and retaining information pertaining to each.
Different sites has slightly different definition of legumes. Some refer to legumes as the fruits or pods of the plant, while others refer to both the plants as well as the seeds, fruits and pods of the plant.
For the purpose of this site, the term "legumes" will be used to refer :
I prefer to use the term "leguminous plants" to refer to the plant itself - the non-flowering species, to add (some) clarity and distinction - please see below.
Back to legumes, the fruits or seeds ... in simplistic terms :
- seeds from flowers (example, sunflower seeds),
- seeds from vegetables (such as, pumpkin seeds)
- seeds from fruits (such as, watermelon seeds).
... it is actually a type of legumes.
Having said all of the above, the word "beans" is used for non-legumes seeds, too, such as :
Also, leguminous plants are plants where their root nodules or roots
system are rich in nitrogen due its ability to support a type of
bacteria that aids the production of nitrogen. Some examples of these
A note of precaution, those allergic to legumes and nuts, should also watch out for these plants and their fruits, as they may cause the same allergy as nuts and legumes.
Examples of legumes (beans):
Examples of legumes (peas):
Examples of legumes (lentils):
Examples of nuts:
Examples of seeds:
Examples of grains:
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