In 2016, The United Nations declared Pulses as Superfoods. Three years later, they are still as healthy as ever. And they are also delicious, inexpensive, and easy to cook with.
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If you’re wondering what a pulse is, and you are also wondering what constitutes a “superfood,” then you’ve come to the right place.
First of all, a definition. Pulses are the edible seeds of plants in the legume family. For example, lentils, green peas, split peas, and chickpeas (garbanzos) are all pulses. Dried beans including kidney beans, pintos, and black beans are pulses as well. To put it simply, pulses are legumes (beans and peas), and they are highly nutritious.
Pulses as Superfoods
Why are pulses classified as superfoods? There are at least 10 reasons:
- High in Protein, Folate, Iron, Magnesium, and B vitamins
- High in Fiber
- Easy to Cook With
- Promote Sustainable Agriculture
- Decrease Greenhouse Gases
- Increase Soil Health
- Require Less Water than Other Crops
- Help with Weight Management
- Reduce Cardiovascular Disease and Cancer Risk
- Help to Increase Food Security
And pulses are delicious when prepared correctly. Because of their mild taste, they can be integrated into many dishes, even desserts.