The edible seeds of leguminous plants (family of Leguminosae) hold an important place in the Mediterranean diet. Of more than 13,000 species, only about twenty of the subfamily Papilionoideae are consumed by humans and even fewer by European Mediterranean people.


Phytic Acid Mediterranean Diet Broad Bean Kidney Bean Cicer Arietinum 
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