2016 Year of Pulses
The United Nations has declared that 2016 is the Year of Pulses. We invite you to learn about the many delicious options of pulse foods and their health benefits.
Pulses are high in dietary fiber -
important for healthy bowel function.
Pulses contain soluble fiber.
Lowers blood cholesterol.
Pulses have a low glycemic index or GI (<55)
Lowers glucose and insulin levels.
Low GI foods are recommended to avoid
hyperglycemia and/or increases in blood
insulin levels - risk factors for cardiovascular
disease, mortality, and type 2 diabetes.
Pulses contain antioxidants -vitamin E, selenium,
phenolic acids, phytic acids, copper, zinc
Pulses have Phytoestrogens - may help in the
prevention of hormone-related cancers, such as
breast and prostate cancer.
Pulses are good sources of folate - useful in the
prevention of diseases, such as heart disease,
cancer. The B vitamin folic acid significantly also
reduce the risk of neural tube defects (NTDs)
like spina bifida in newborn babies.
Chickpeas, faba beans, lentils contain saponins
help lower blood cholesterol.
Pulses are gluten-free - they offer a great variety
for those on a gluten-free diet
(eg for Celiac disease, a gastrointestinaldisorder).