Envis Centre, Ministry of Environment & Forest, Govt. of India

Printed Date: Sunday, March 3, 2024

White bean




Botanical Name

Phaseolus vulgaris

Common name

Common bean

Religious significance 

  It is associated with Shukra (Venus).  He is the most favourable planetary deity of human beings associated with good health, wealth. He is the tutor for the Asuras. He is depicted with four hands, wearing a white cloth and riding on a silver chariot pulled by eight horses.


White kidney beans and other legumes are rich in antioxidants, which are known to have anticancer properties. When cells in your body metabolize, they produce compounds known as free radicals. Such compounds bind to your cells, causing aging, cancer and chronic diseases. Antioxidants destroy free radicals, countering their harmful effects.