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For sample adults, BEANSIZ reports the respondent's average portion size (small, medium, or large) when eating cooked dried beans. Examples provided included baked, pinto, or kidney beans, including in chili. Respondents were instructed not to include green beans. A medium portion was defined as ¾ of a cup. Researchers may wish to use BEANSIZ in conjunction with BEANNO, which reports the frequency with which the respondent ate cooked dried beans and BEANTP, which reports the corresponding time units.

BEANSIZ is part of a series of variables initiated in 1987 related to food, food knowledge, and cancer. For related variables, please use the IPUMS NHIS search function and drop-down menus.


Changes in survey design (e.g., quarters in which the supplement was collected) may affect raw frequencies, but do not affect comparability of the variable. As always, data users should use the prescribed IHIS weights.


  • 1987: Half of sample persons age 18+ (excluded from CACT supplement) who consumed beans during the past year.
  • 1992: Half of sample persons age 18+ in quarters 1 and 2 and in 2 weeks of quarter 3 (excluded from CACT supplement) who consumed beans during the past year.


  • 1987, 1992