Black Beans Don’t Just Help Pass Gas…

A few weeks ago, a video popped up on my Facebook Timeline. It compared the health of black beans and meat, so as a pesco-vegan, I was immediately interested in the video.

So, I thought I would share some of the facts with my personal inside on the matter.


1. For every 100 grams of beef, there are 14 grams of protein. For every 100 grams of black beans, there are 21 grams of protein.

Being vegan, protein is always one of my biggest concerns, and as an avid eater and lover of rice and beans, I was happy to find out that I can get more protein from black beans than I can from beef!


2. 30 grams of fat out of 100 grams of beef and 0.9 grams of fat out of 100 grams of black beans.

While fat is not always bad, lots of it can be, especially if you are dealing with meat. Black beans cut out that negative fat!

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3. 1.6mg of iron per 100 g for beef and 8.6mg for black beans.

I also worry about iron being vegan. Black beans, among some other legumes, fruits, and veggies, can really fill that iron void that is present because I don’t consume meat. Some of my other favorites that have a lot of iron are spinach, mushrooms (my #1 fave), and asparagus.

4. 29.6 gallons of water used to make one gram of beef protein while black beans use 5.0 gallons.

One of the main reasons that I am vegan is because I care about the environment and future of our earth. Of course, saving water is always a great way to help out Mother Nature.

5. Per kg of meat, beef produces 15 carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions while black beans produce 0.56.

As someone who aspires to get my Ph.D. and work in the environmental field, I feel it hypocritical to eat meat if it emits so many greenhouse gasses (GHGs). In addition to CO2, livestock is the number one producer of methane (CH4) and makes up for the top 11% of GHGs emitted by humans. CH4 is also almost 15 times more harmful than CO2; so you can imagine how much that would affect the earth.

6. Obviously, no animals are killed each year to make black beans, but 32 million are killed for beef production just in the U.S.

Along with the environment and health, I am vegan because of animals. This is pretty self-explanatory… but go veggies!! Yay!

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