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If beans are vegetables, and chocolate comes from cocoa beans, why isn't chocolate considered a vegetable?

Posted - September 11, 2019


  • 12998
    How true, yet even though it still won't eat their veg'ee'mate    :)
      September 11, 2019 2:46 AM MDT

  • 5478
    I think that if sugar comes from beets and beets are vegetable that it's much easier to get our daily requirement of vegetables.
      September 11, 2019 4:39 AM MDT

  • 9184
    Sugar comes from cane, which is a grass. Still a vegetable.
      September 11, 2019 11:14 PM MDT

  • 5478
    Sugar can be cane sugar OR beet sugar.  

      September 12, 2019 5:12 AM MDT

  • 5870
    Beans are vegetables, chocolate is a vegetable product. 
      September 11, 2019 6:49 AM MDT

  • 1189


    I actually felt myself getting healthier just reading your question.

    Now all I need is more gravy to stay properly hydrated.
      September 11, 2019 6:56 AM MDT

  • 28351
    Beans are not vegetables...they are the seeds of a bean plant.. This post was edited by Element 99 at September 11, 2019 7:46 PM MDT
      September 11, 2019 1:32 PM MDT

  • 46051
    Where did you get that one? 

    Beans aren't seeds of other vegetables.  They can be sprouted yes, and they sprout more plants that grow beans.

    Seeds vs Beans

    People often confuse different legumes as one and the same. The truth is, inasmuch as the individual members of the legume family are closely related , there are also some differences that are difficult to note at first. Two vegetables often confused with each other are the seeds and the beans.

    In simple terms, beans can be considered as seeds but not all seeds are beans. Thus, beans are more specific because they are just a subtype of seeds. The term seed has a more general connotation because it can denote something that can be sown as in the case of potato, corn and sunflower seeds. It is basic to the cycle of life in most plant forms or plant types.

    Beans are characterized as being a legume having a much solid stem. Some of the most common specific examples of beans are the haricot, butter, navy, kidney and red beans. With regard to the different subtypes of beans, there is actually a plethora of bean varieties known. The vicia (faba), pisum (pea), lens (lentils), lablab (hyacinth), glycine (soybeans), and erythrina (coral bean) are among the most consumed and most popular beans to date.

    In common English usage, beans are not really specifically used to describe only the pure beans. Other plants which are not closely linked to the same legume family are still classified as beans like the castor, coffee, vanilla and cocoa bean. This is because beans have been accepted as a word to signify those that just resemble the look or have the characteristics of the true beans (their bean seeds and pods), although superficially.

    Beans are nutritious foods because they are rich in fiber (the blood cholesterol lowering food component). They also have folate and iron. A 3.5 oz bean serving will give you about 80 kcal. The same amount also gives the consumer 10.5 g of carbs, 0.5 g fat and 9.6 g protein.

    It is also important to note that not all beans are edible, at least, if uncooked. It is because some bean variations like the kidney beans contain toxins that can only be destroyed by cooking. To eat such, one must bring the beans to boil or cook them moderately for at least 10 minutes.

    Although both seeds and beans are part of the legume group, the two vegetables still differ because of the following reasons:

    Read more: Difference Between Seeds and Beans | Difference Between

    This post was edited by BERNIE MAKES GOD SMILE AGAIN at September 11, 2019 1:36 PM MDT
      September 11, 2019 1:33 PM MDT

  • 28351
    nice diatribe of comparison of seeds v soybeans. soybeans are seeds of a legume. all true beans are legumes. the name 'bean' is generic and can be used for any family of beans. (fabaceae). beans are more precisely are fruits. you long answer was a waste of time...but it is your time. DON'T  mess the Element. This post was edited by Element 99 at September 12, 2019 5:03 AM MDT
      September 11, 2019 8:02 PM MDT

  • 12393
    Legumes are vegetables and some can also be  classified as proteins.  

    Cocoa beans are not legumes.  They are the seeds inside a cocoa pod.
      September 11, 2019 8:04 PM MDT