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Calories in Butter Beans

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author image Brian Willett
Brian Willett began writing in 2005. He has been published in the "Buffalo News," the "Daytona Times" and "Natural Muscle Magazine." Willett also writes for Bloginity.com and Bodybuilding.com. He is an American Council on Exercise-certified personal trainer and earned a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of North Carolina.
Calories in Butter Beans
A sack of large white butter beans at the market. Photo Credit DENIO RIGACCI/iStock/Getty Images

Despite the name, butter beans are quite different from butter -- they contain no fat and are rich in carbohydrates and fiber. Butter beans are also rich in protein, which may make them beneficial for inclusion in a vegetarian diet as a protein source.

Calories

According to the nutrition information from MyFitnessPal, each 1/2 cup serving of butter beans contains 90 calories. If you base your daily calorie intake on the suggested level of 2,000 calories, then one serving of butter beans provides 4.5 percent of your daily intake. The calorie expenditure information at MayoClinic.com indicates you could burn off those calories through about half an hour of walking at a 2 mph pace.

Carbohydrates

The nutrition information at MyFitnessPal notes that the main source of calories in butter beans is the carbohydrates. Each 1/2 cup serving contains 19 g of carbohydrates. Of these carbohydrates, 5 g come from fiber. The National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health explain that fiber is a vital nutrient that aids in digestion and keeps you feeling full.

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Protein

Each 1/2 cup serving of butter beans provides 5 g of protein, according to MyFitnessPal. Protein is essential for supporting the structure of your body's tissues.

Fat

Butter beans do not contain fat, according to the nutrition information at MyFitnessPal. However, cooking beans with butter, oil or other sauces may add fat, so check nutrition labels when possible.

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