Although pulses were initially considered to be ‘protein for the poor’, it is gaining much popularity in the present time owing to high nutritive values. They are often used along with cereals like rice or wheat to obtain maximum benefits.
- Pulses have a very low glycemic index and high fibre content, making it a suitable food for people with diabetes. They help to stabilize blood sugar and insulin levels by reducing spikes after eating and improves insulin resistance. It is thus an ideal food for weight management.
- Pulses are rich in dietary fibre and helps to reduce the risks of heart diseases by reducing LDL cholesterol in blood.
- Pulses are good sources of vitamins, such as folate and are high in iron content, making them a great support for people with iron deficiency and anaemia. When consumed with Vitamin C, iron from pulses will be easily absorbed.
- Pulses are also low in sodium, thus helpful in managing high blood pressure.
- Pulses are extremely important for people who hit the gym or are interested in healthy muscle gain, as they are rich in vegan protein. In fact 100 grams of lentils have 25grams of protein in it. And this protein is easily absorbed into the body and is crucial for growth and development, specially for vegetarians and vegans.
- Also they are gluten-free, making it an ideal product for gluten intolerant people.
- Pulses are high in potassium, which plays an important role in digestive and muscular functions.
- Pulses are rich in bioactive compounds like phytochemicals and antioxidants which have prominent anti-cancer properties.
- Pulses also promote bone health and the pytoestrogens in them prevent cognitive decline and reduce menopausal symptoms in women.
- They also a very long shelf life, making them both affordable as a well a varied source of essential nutrients.