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Meat & Beans

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What’s in it for You?

Foods from this group supply protein, B-vitamins, iron and zinc.

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  • Protein helps build and maintain body tissues, and forms antibodies that fight infection.
  • Iron carries oxygen in our blood.
  • B-vitamins help turn food into energy.
  • Zinc helps wounds heal.

All animal foods contain cholesterol, a fat-like substance. Plant foods do not contain cholesterol. Try choosing legumes like black or red beans, black-eyed peas, or split peas for a good source of protein without cholesterol.

Learn more about foods in this group. Visit “How Much to Eat?”.