Are soybeans considered legumes?
For my purposes, no. They do not have the fiber content necessary to accomplish the tasks that I would want a legume to be able to do. Legumes are rich in soluble fiber. Soluble fiber can accomplish some wonderful things in our bodies. Other foods commonly mistaken for legumes are green beans, peanuts, and garden peas (foods that I would recommend for other reasons); hominy (a food that could be fine, depending on your health condition); cocoa beans, coffee beans, edamame, and soy nuts (foods that I would not recommend). Although some of these foods are quite healthy, none of them have the soluble fiber required to classify them as legumes for my objectives.