Call us food nerds, but every time we hear the facts and stats behind what’s good, our taste buds get tingling. Beans in particular have us firing up the stove, ready to get cooking.

Unconvinced? Well, there’s that age old saying that we should all eat beans instead of beef.

(Okay, you got us, it’s not old — but there are sound reasons to believe that choosing beans over meat could help fight climate change).

In case you need more reasons, we’ll add that beans are packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber, protein, and complex carbs that can power you all day long. To get really specific: beans are a “nutrient dense” food. A serving of beans gives you a lot of nutritional bang for your buck compared to many other foods.

Ready for the bean breakdown? We’re about to bring you all the deets.