The importance of pulses in the diet
Pulses are a very essential ingredient in your daily diet. These include peas, beans and lentils. They are cheap, and a low-fat source of fibre, protein, vitamins and minerals. The daily five portions of vegetables and fruits are incomplete without pulses.
Why must you eat pulses?
To begin with, one of the best sources of protein is pulses. If you are one of those strictly vegetarian set of people, who miss out on the protein from meat, chicken and other dairy products, consumption of pulses becomes even more important. But even if you are a meat-eater, pulses are a healthy choice. You can add them to casseroles, meat sauces and most importantly, to soups. In this case, you can reduce your use of meat, which will make it cheaper and lower in fat. Pulses are also a very good source of iron. Being a starchy food, they add fibre to the meals. More fibre in diet means a lowered risk of 2 types of diabetes and heart diseases. Pulses can be bought from places like online grocery store Chandigarh also, and if you buy the tinned pulses, choose those, which have ‘no add sugar salt’ written on its label.
5 A day
Daily, as recommended by nutritionists, it is very essential to get five portions from different fruits and vegetables. Pulses too are essential to maintain the “5 A Day” regimen. 80g is one portion, which is somewhat around three tablespoons of pulses. But, if you consume more than three tbsp of pulses and beans in a day, it will still be counted as only a single out of your 5 daily portions. This is due to the fact that while the pulses have fibre, they fail to give the similar mix of minerals, vitamins and other important nutrients, which are given by fruits and vegetables. However, this does not apply to green beans like the runner beans and broad beans, which are taken as a vegetable and not pulses or beans for the 5 A Day diet.
The important pulses, which you should include in your diet are – baked beans, yellow, red, green and brown lentils, garden peas, chickpeas, black-eyed peas, broad beans, runner beans, kidney beans, haricots, butter beans, cannellini beans, pinto beans, flageolet beans and borloti beans.
Just like fruits and vegetables, let pulses too play a dominant role in your diet in order to receive plenty of fiber.