2016 was the Year of the Pulses and they continue to be rising stars in 2017!
6 reasons why you should be eating them!
Pulses are dried beans, peas, lentils, chickpeas and other legumes. So what’s the big deal about pulses? Here are 6 good reasons you should be eating them!
1. Blood Sugar. Eating 5 cups of beans each week can lower your blood sugar, probably due to their high fibre and resistant starch content.
2. Cholesterol. Beans lower LDL (“bad”) cholesterol, probably because they’re rich in soluble fibre.
3. Blood pressure. Beans help lower blood pressure.
4. Regularity. Beans are a concentrated source of fibre.
5. Plant protein. Beans are rich in protein. Getting your protein from beans instead of from red meat like beef or pork can help lower your risk of colorectal cancer, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes. Plant proteins are also more environmentally friendly than animal proteins. An added bonus: pulses are inexpensive!
6. They’re packed with fibre, potassium, magnesium, folate, and iron. These are nutrients many people don’t get enough of.
Beans contain oligosaccharides, these are carbs that our digestive enzymes can’t break down. Instead, the bacteria in our gut ferment them and produce gas.
The solution: cook beans thoroughly (or use canned), rinse away liquids, and increase your servings gradually. Also, the smaller the pulse, the less gas they tend to produce. So start small! If all else fails, try Beano (available on pharmacy shelves).