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What are “pulses”?
Pulses are part of the legume family, but the term “pulse” refers to the dried seed. When you think pulses, think of beans.
Peas, chick peas, kidney beans – all provide a healthy source of protein; all are considered “pulses”, and all are part of the 2016 International Year of Pulses (IYP) campaign, launched by the 68th United Nations General Assembly .
According to the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the purpose behind IYP is:
…to heighten public awareness of the nutritional benefits of pulses as part of sustainable food production aimed towards food security and nutrition.
So, how do pulses impact our community?
Aside from the obvious nutritional benefits, planting and growing pulses:
Check out some of the additional nutritional value that beans have as well as some great recipes to try!
Beans pack a nutritional punch. They are a low cost way of getting a lot of nutrients. There is plenty of research showing that eating beans and legumes on a regular basis helps with maintaining health and preventing chronic diseases.
Essential Vitamins and Minerals
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About Parul Kharod, MS, RD, LDN
Parul is a Clinical Dietitian in Outpatient Nutrition Services at WakeMed Cary Hospital. For information related to diet and nutrition, or to speak to one of our licensed, registered dietitians, contact Outpatient Nutrition Services today. Insurance coverage and costs may vary.
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