Benefits of Lentils

Surprising facts about pulses
you might not know.

The word pulse originates from the latin root ‘puls’ which meant ‘thick gruel, porridge, mush’

A legume is a plant whose fruit is enclosed in a pod
A pulse is a subgroup of the legume family and refers only to the dried seed

Pulse have been a part of the human diet for centuries, with the agricultural production of beans, lentils, and chickpeas dating back to 7000-8000 BC

Pulses can be stored for months without losing their high nutritional value, providing increased food availability between harvests

They are a key ingredient in regional/national dishes such as baked beans, chili, daal, and falafel

Intercropping with pulses increases farm biodiversity and creates a more diverse landscape for animals and insects

The nitrogen fixing properties of pulses can improve soil fertility, which improves and extends the productivity of farmland

Water efficiency??

Pulse species have a broad genetic diversity from which climate resilient varieties can be selected. By producing a smaller carbon footprint, pulses indirectly reduce greenhouse gas emission

Farmers who cultivate pulses have the option to both eat or sell the harvest. Pigeon peas and Bamabara beans can be cultivated in very poor soils and semi arid climates. Crop residues can also be used as animal fodder.

Superfood properties:
– No Cholesterol
– High zinc and iron content
– Nutrient rich
– Gluten free
– Rich in minerals and B vitamins
– High source of protein
– Low glycemic index
– Low fat
– Source of dietary fiber

Nutritional Benefits of Pulses.

Malnutrition is the result of eating too much, too little or an unbalanced diet that lacks the right quantity and quality of healthy nutrients

Pulses are a vital source of plant based proteins and amino acids for people around the globe and should be eaten as part of a healthy diet to address obesity as well as to manage and prevent chronic diseases

People who benefit:
-Infants and children meet their daily nutritional needs
– Vegans/vegetarians to ensure adequate intakes of protein, minerals, and vitamins
– Women at reproductive age, the pulses high iron content makes a potent food for replenishing iron stores
– Coeliac patients, as the lentils are gluten free

Benefits for pulses
– High in dietary fibre and reduces risk of heart disease
– Low glycemic index, low fat increases satiety and helps stabilize blood sugar and insulin levels
– Rich in phytochemicals and antioxidants
– Presences of phytoestrogens prevents cognitive decline and reduces menopausal symptoms
– Calcium content promotes bone health
– High iron content prevents anemia when combined with vitamin C
– Source of vitamins such as folate, reducing risk of neural tube defects in newborn babies

Pulses + Grains- Protein quality improves
Pulses + Vit C- Increases body’s ability to absorb iron
Pulses + caffiene- Reduces ability to absorb iron