You Don't Know Beans.Or Do You? Ultimate Bean Quiz
by Staff
Beans are a mighty dietary staple, but too often they're relegated to mere toppings or side dishes. Take our quiz to see how much you know about this versatile food.

Beans are members of what plant family?

  • nightshade
  • legume
  • cucurbit

What component of beans is responsible for causing gas?

  • iron
  • sugar
  • fiber

What can you do to help keep beans from causing you gas?

  • Soak them in water overnight and discard the water.
  • Add lots of salt to the cooking water.
  • Freeze the beans before cooking.

True or false: You should rinse canned beans before using them.

  • true
  • false
  • It depends on how you use them.

True or false: Beans can be considered both a protein and a vegetable.

  • true
  • false
  • true, but only cannelini beans

Which nut is really a bean?

  • hazelnut
  • peanut
  • cashew

How big is a serving size of beans?

  • 1/2 cup
  • 2/3 cup
  • 3/4 cup

Try or false: Beans add nitrogen to the soil they're grown in, making it available to other plants grown in the same soil.

  • true
  • false

What are dry beans?

  • dehydrated beans
  • beans that are grown for their seeds, not their pods
  • uncooked beans

True or false: All dry beans have essentially the same nutritional profile.

  • true
  • false
  • almost true

Which of the following is an advantage of using canned beans?

  • They can be used immediately.
  • They're already cooked.
  • both of the above

Compared to other fruits and vegetables, what do beans have more of?

  • antioxidants
  • fat
  • sugar

Beans are a beneficial component of diets for people who have which chronic disease?

  • multiple sclerosis
  • irritable bowel syndrome
  • diabetes

Turtle beans is another name for _____.

  • black beans
  • navy beans
  • pinto beans

What bean is typically used in succotash?

  • lima
  • fava
  • butter

What beans can be fatal to some people?

  • garbanzo beans
  • fava beans
  • anasazi beans

What kind of beans were used for money in Aztec culture?

  • turtle beans
  • cacao beans
  • lima beans

Which of the following flavors does not come from a bean?

  • chocolate
  • vanilla
  • licorice

Complete this adage: It doesn't amount to ____.

  • a pound of beans
  • a mess of beans
  • a hill of beans

Which U.S. president has a portrait made of jelly beans?

  • Jimmy Carter
  • Ronald Reagan
  • Bill Clinton