Beans and rice are a popular, healthy, and cheap food option. But how healthy are they? istockphoto.com hide caption itoggle caption istockphoto.com The Salt Man Cannot Live On Rice And Beans Alone (But Many Do) May 3, 2012 Rice and beans is a cultural icon in many parts of the world. It's pretty healthy and relatively cheap. It may keep people from starving, as TV personality Sean Hannity suggests, but it doesn't have all the nutrients a body needs for life.