Pulses are a regular feature in our meals which we do not get very excited about but did you know how beneficial they are for your health? They are high in fiber, complex carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals and low in fat, making it a vital part of a wholesome diet. Most of the pulses contain iron, an essential mineral. Here is a list of available pulses and their benefits, so make sure you stop over at the ‘pulse section’ on your next visit to the local store or supermarket!
Its vitamin and mineral composition contributes to building and strengthening bone structure and lowers blood glucose levels which are great for diabetics. Selenium is a mineral that is not present in most fruits and vegetables but is found in chickpeas. It helps detoxify some cancer-causing compounds and decreases tumor growth rates. Prevents constipation.
Dhal/ Red Lentil
Its high fiber content helps to lower cholesterol levels and improves the health of your heart, thus lowering the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Ideal for vegetarians as it provides all of the essential amino acids, making it a complete source of protein like meat.
Helps to lower cholesterol, prevents constipation and keeps you feeling full. A smart food choice for diabetics as it helps to regulate blood sugar. Excitingly for the ladies, mung beans also contain skin anti-aging properties! Best for those with digestive issues and sensitive stomachs.
Kidney Bean (Available in tins and raw)
Ideal for diabetics as it prevents blood sugar levels from rising too rapidly after a meal. Also for growing children, adolescents, pregnant or lactating women who have increased needs for iron.
Low in fat and helps in prevention of stomach cancer, Alzheimer’s, arthritis, bronchitis and osteoporosis. Its anti- oxidants provide anti-aging properties and strengthens the immune system.
A great source of folate, a B vitamin needed to produce and maintain new cells. It is especially important during periods of rapid growth, such as during pregnancy and infancy.
Make sure to drink enough water when adding high fiber foods like pulses to your diet!