Most people in the United States include very few beans in their diets. Yet this is one of the cheapest foods you can buy (dry--not canned), very filling and nutritious, and very versatile. (Probably the reasons so many other cultures eat them on a daily basis!)
As listed on foodreference.com, here are some impressive bean facts, just to start us off:
"Most beans contain only 2-3% fat. Beans are the perfect food for a fat-restricted diet.
"Beans contain no cholesterol, and they can help lower your cholesterol level because they are one of the richest sources of fiber!
"Most beans contain at least 20% protein and are high in carbohydrates which provides longlasting energy.
"In addition, beans provide essential B Vitamins and Iron."
These are all reasons that motivate me to include beans in my family's diet!