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Food & Nutrition Research

Research on the health attributes of pulses, their functional properties in food systems and food product applications, as well as pulse processing technology, is needed to advance Canada's pulse industry. Research results in these areas are used to boost consumer demand, and to encourage the food industry to increase their incorporation of pulses and pulse components into food products.

British Journal of Nutrition (BJN): Special Issue

Pulse Canada recently coordinated a special issue of the British Journal of Nutrition (BJN) focused on pulse nutrition and health research, “The Nutritional Value and Health Benefits of Pulses for Obesity, Diabetes, Heart Disease and Cancer.” Papers included in the supplement were accepted by at least 2 peer-reviews followed by final approval of the 3 co-editors and the editor of BJN.  Published on-line in August 2012, this issue features 16 papers including both reviews and original research, related to pulse nutrition and health research.

Guest editors for the supplement are Dr. Carla Taylor (University of Manitoba, Canada), Dr. Martine Champ (University Nantes/INRA, France), and Dr. Jon Buckley (University of South Australia, Australia). The managing editor for the special issue is Carol Ann Patterson (Pathfinders Research & Management, Saskatoon, Canada).

This issue follows an earlier special issue of the BJN entitled "Pulses and Human Health" (Volume 88 Supplement Number 3)  published in 2002. This supplement included reports from experts who were involved in a 2001 meeting to discuss the state of research on ‘Pulses and Human Health’. It has been a decade since that supplement was published and the body of evidence for pulses and human health research has grown significantly in that time.

This publication was made possible through Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Agricultural Flexibility Fund, as part of Canada`s Economic Action Plan.

The Pulse News Network (PNN): Research Edition will be published semi-annually, and will highlight the latest in pulse industry research.  Join our mailing list here.

Food Research International – Special Pulse Issue

Pulse Canada coordinated a special issue on pulse functionality research in the journal Food Research International. The special issue includes 6 review papers and 27 original scientific papers and was published in March 2010.

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