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1. any plant of the large family Leguminosae.
2. the pod or fruit of one of these plants, such as a pea or bean; this is an important source of protein in a vegetarian diet.
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Any of a number of edible seeds enclosed in pods, which are a rich source of protein, complex carbohydrates, dietary fibre, B vitamins and minerals (calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium and zinc).

Soy beans, lima beans, peas, lentils, peanuts and others.
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any member of the pea family (Leguminosae). These plants have fruits which are pods containing one or more seeds. Examples are pea, bean, lupin, laburnum, gorse. Most legumes have root nodules and so can grow in soils deficient in nitrogen (see NITROGEN FIXATION). The root nodules are formed by symbiotic association with bacteria, typically Rhizobium species.
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Pod or fruit from family of plants that includes peas, lentils, and beans.
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Patient discussion about legume

Q. am allergic to all nuts and seeds, is it possible to be allergic to all legumes as well ie soy beans

A. Yes, it's possible, although not extremely common. You can read more here (http://www.emedicinehealth.com/food_allergy/page2_em.htm)

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Nutrition Information Per Serving: 284 calories, 4 g total fat, 0.5 g sat fat, 13 g protein, 50 g carbs, 7 g fiber, 3 g cholesterol, 234 mg sodium (g=grams; mg=milligrams, sat fat=saturated fat, carbs=carbohydrates) Source: Recipe and pboto courtesy of Pulse Canada Caption: Legumes, which include soybeans, peanuts, green beans, and peas, boost heart health, among other benefits.
High levels of legumes or potatoes appear to be more common in diets labeled as "grain-free," but it is not yet known how these ingredients are linked to cases of DCM.
This season, the farmer harvested some 10 90kg bags of soya from the farm, and sold them at a cereal aggregation chain known as One World Action.Soya bean, an edible and a highly nutritious legume, is planted 30 inches apart and matures three months after planting.
Where DMYGG is the DM yield of any perennial grass 'G' as a monoculture; DMYLL is the DM yield of any perennial legume 'L' as a monoculture; DMYGL is the dry matter yield of any perennial grass component 'G' grown in mixture with any perennial legume 'L' and DMYLG is the DM yield of any perennial legume component 'L' grown in mixture with any perennial grass 'G'.
Most experimental plots consisted of at least six crop rows of plants sown 0.2-0.3 m apart in a randomised complete block design in plots 10-35 m long with three or four replicates sown in either late-April to early-May (legume crops and canola) or mid to late-May (wheat).
As indicated with cereal stover, the legume stover would also be important for livestock feed in the mixed farming systems that the smallholder farmers practice [26].
Research work revealed that space for higher cereals can be altered to a certain degree without reducing its yield while providing a more promising environment for the intercropped legume (Chui & Richards, 1984).
Changes in quantities of inositol phosphates during maturation and germination of legume seeds.
To check the efficiency of the inoculation on any legume crop is not difficult and it can be checked in the comparison study of inoculated and non-inoculated of the same species of crop and see the difference of the number of nodules and their distribution on the root as well as careful breaking open nodules will reveal if they are pink or reddish colour showing that nodules are active; whereas green or white nodules are inactive.
The use of legumes as protein-enriching agents in baked products, mainly in the form of protein flours, has been reported by several researchers.