The pinto bean is a variety of the common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris).
A nutrient dense legume, the pinto bean contains many essential nutrients and is very low in saturated fat. It is a good source of protein, phosphorus and manganese, and very high in dietary fiber and folate.
Rice and pinto beans served with cornbread or corn tortillas are often a staple meal where meat is unavailable, their combined amino acids forming a complete protein source.
Studies have indicated pinto beans can lower the levels of both HDL and LDL cholesterol.Pinto beans have also been shown to contain the phytoestrogen coumestrol, which has a variety of possible health effects.