A pulse is an edible seed that grows in a pod, including beans of all kinds, lentils, and peas. Pulses are nutritional powerhouses, packed with proteins, minerals, fiber, and other nutrients. Its nutrients profile keeps us fuller for longer, and help reduce our risk of chronic disease.
Pulse powerResearch indicates that soybean consumption may help to increase insulin sensitivity and reduce the incidence of type 2 diabetes. Black soybeans have traditionally been used in Asia to combat type 2 diabetes. Some of the health benefits of pulses include:
- Keeping blood sugar levels stable
- Reducing blood cholesterol
- Reducing blood pressure
- Improving gut bacteria profile
- Assisting in weight loss and weight maintenance
- Lowering the risk of cancer
Pulses on the menuPulses are a great choice for vegetarians, but meat-eaters should try it too! Pulses add good texture and flavors to meals and are normally cheaper than meat and fish.
One cup (approximately 150 grams) of cooked beans, peas or lentils can provide enough protein that replaces one serving of meat. It is recommended to consume various pulses 4 or more times a week.
You may enjoy pulses on their own as a side dish or as a base for vegetables. For entrees, try white bean soup, lentil chili, pea soup, or chickpea and bulgur wheat salad for a more satisfying bite.