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What in the world are “pulses”?


What I the world are “pulses”?

I read this article on current food trends for 2016 and wanted to share it with you 🙂 –

It’s official. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has formally declared that 2016 is the “International Year of Pulses.” In other words, the UN is on a global mission to get us to eat more pulses.

So the million dollar question is, what the heck is a pulse? Pulses are part of the legume family. I ‘m sure that clear things right up for you. Legumes consist of dried beans and peas, chickpeas, lentils, soybeans, peanuts and fresh peas and beans.

Pulses are the subcategory of legumes, such as peas, chickpeas, lentils and dried beans, that are harvested solely to eat the dry seed. In contrast, soybeans and peanuts are grown to be eaten, but they’re also used to create oils such as soybean and peanut oil. You’re not going to find chickpea oil down the supermarket aisle any time soon.

So why all this international attention? From a nutritional standpoint, you can’t beat them for good nutrition. Pulses are a good source of protein, the minerals iron and zinc, and B-vitamins, like folate. Research suggests that their high fiber content can help you lower your blood cholesterol levels and increase that feeling of fullness at meals to help you better manage your appetite and weight. Because they are more slowly digested, they can also help individuals better control their blood glucose levels after eating a meal. Lastly, at less than $2 per pound, they are kind to the wallet by giving you a lot of bang for your buck.


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