Why pulses are good for you, by Dr Sarah Schenker
Pulses (beans, peas, and lentils) have been eaten all over the world for at least the last 10 000 years, thanks to how economical and nutritional they are to grow and consume.
Uniquely rich in both protein and fibre, and packed with vitamins and minerals, including pulses in your diet is a healthy way to meet dietary recommendations and can help reduce the risk of chronic diseases.
The pulses in our new Pulses and Rice range will leave you feeling fuller for longer thanks to the high fibre and protein content and low glycaemic index, making them particularly good for people with diabetes or those looking to manage their weight.
Edamame are full of important minerals needed for healthy teeth and bones. There is a wide range of unique proteins, peptides and phytonutrients contained within them too.
They make a great healthy snack, lightly steamed and served with a pinch of salt and chilli flakes or added to stir frys and salads.
Chickpeas are packed with insoluble fibre, which helps maintain a healthy gut and contain plenty of antioxidants, which help prevent cell damage. Studies have also shown that eating more chickpeas improves insulin function and blood sugar regulation.
Chickpeas are incredibly versatile; you can add them to curries, stews and salads and they’re the key ingredient for hummus and falafel.
Just one serving of black beans provides around a third of your daily protein requirement. They’re also great for keeping your joints and heart healthy, thanks to the omega 3 fats they provide.
Black beans are the perfect way to make your chilli go further, especially when combined with a few squares of dark chocolate. They’re also delicious in curries.
Full of cholesterol-lowering fibre, an excellent source of important minerals and hormone balancing, all in one, there are plenty of ways split peas can improve your diet.
Split peas are perfect for adding to stews and soups to add bulk and texture.
Pinto beans contain certain phytonutrients, which have been shown to be helpful in the prevention of certain cancers, including stomach cancer. They provide a great source of protein, copper, potassium, iron and more.
They’re great when mashed and refried or used to make your own healthy version of baked beans.