# Beans and protein
Beans for your health
Beans, lentils, and peas are truly fantastic foods. In fact, beans, lentils, and peas are so protein-rich that the USDA lists them twice on the food pyramid. Once as being part of the protein food group and also as the vegetable food group. Plus, they are affordable for everyone and they're delicious to boot. Beans, lentils, and peas also have been known to help with weight loss and eating them can significantly make you healthier. Because eating them can help lower the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and even lower the risks of some types of cancer.