Pulses are dried edible beans, lentils or chickpeas and belong to the family of legumes. They are rich in protein, fibre and contain high levels of zinc, iron, phosphorous and a number of other vitamins. Due to high nutritional content they are widely used in daily diet from a thousand of years.

 

 Health Benefits of Pulses

 

 

Pulses contain phytochemicals like bioactive compounds, including enzyme inhibitors, lectins, oligosaccharides, phytoestrogens, saponins, and phenolic compounds, which play metabolic roles in humans who frequently eat these foods. Dietary intake of phytochemicals may provide health benefits and protect against several diseases, for instance coronary heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and inflammation.

 

Eating pulses also improves serum lipid profiles and definitely affects several cardiovascular disease risk factors, such as blood pressure, platelet activity, and inflammation. Pulses are high in fibre and have a low glycaemic index, making them particularly valuable to people with diabetes by supporting in maintaining healthy blood glucose and insulin levels.

 

Researchers have found that consuming pulses can also meet dietary requirements of the body and can also regulate consumption patterns during growing age.

There are a plenty of ways in which pulses can be cooked. For ex: snacks like hummus which is made from chickpeas can be applied to toasts and eaten as a healthy snack. One can also prepare salads, crackers, tacos etc with the help of these and include in daily diet for betterhealth results. They are easily available at any supermarket or a local grocery store.

 

Furthermore, the phytochemicals, saponins, and tannins found in pulses have antioxidant and anti-carcinogenic effects, thus signifying that pulses may have noteworthy anti-cancer effects.

In a nutshell, pulses are power packed grains and should be eaten everyday either along with meals or as snacks.