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Special Issue on Pulse Nutrition and Health in the British Journal of Nutrition

A special issue of the British Journal of Nutrition (BJN) focused on pulse nutrition and health research is being coordinated by Pulse Canada and is expected to be published in the Spring/Summer of 2012. The title of this supplement will be “The nutritional value and health benefits of pulses for obesity, diabetes, heart disease and cancer” and will feature 16 papers, including 4 reviews and 12 original research papers.

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New Research Results: Making Healthy
Pulse Food Products

In 2010, the Government of Canada announced it would provide $7 million to the Canadian pulse industry for a research cluster of over 100 industry, government and university scientists to develop ways to improve pulse crop productivity, nutrition, and improve the rotational benefits in relation to other crops. This research is helping to identify new and innovative ways of processing and using pulses that will help grow new market opportunities for the industry. The first Pulse Science Cluster Scientific meeting was held at the Radisson Hotel in Saskatoon, SK on November 17 & 18, 2011 and over 40 people attended the meeting.

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Mission: ImPULSEible

As part of an effort to make more diverse pulse based food products available to consumers, Canada’s pulse industry hosts an annual product development competition modeled after those run by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) and the American Association of Cereal Chemists International (AACCI). The competition challenges post secondary students at Canadian institutions to develop a new food product using Canadian whole pulses or their fractions (flours, fibre, starch, protein) as the major ingredient. The students also design marketing and production approaches, much like a commercial product development team. This opportunity allows students in food science and related disciplines to develop their skills as food professionals in an applied manner, and introduces them to a network of opportunity for future endeavors.

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IFT Wellness

March 28 - 29, 2012 (Chicago, IL)

Pulse Canada involved in the coordination a special session on pulses during the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Wellness conference on March 28 and 29, 2012 in Chicago. The title of the session “Health for Better Living with Pulses”.

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Canadian Institute of Food Science & Technology (CIFST)
National Conference

May 27 -29, 2012 (Niagara Falls, ON)

CIFST is the organization representing the Canadian community of food technologists. Pulse Canada has coordinated a technical symposium on pulses featuring presentations on milling technology, ingredient processing and improving functionality for food and nutraceutical applications. Speakers for this session are from the Canadian International Grains Institute (CIGI), Burcon Nutrascience, the University of Manitoba, and the University of Alberta.

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Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Annual Meeting & Food Expo

June 25 -28, 2012 (Las Vegas, NV)

The annual IFT meeting is North America’s largest event for the food manufacturing industry. With more than 900 companies exhibiting, this event attracts a large and diverse group (~20,000 visitors) of food ingredient, equipment, and packaging suppliers and food processors from all over the world. Pulse Canada will exhibit at the Canadian Pavilion where information on nutrition, health, sustainability and functional applications will be featured as well as a selection of pulse-based foods developed by Chef Peter Phillips of Boffins Club in Saskatoon. .

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The Ninth Canadian Pulse Research Workshop

November 6-9, 2012 (Niagara Falls, ON)

The 9th Canadian Pulse Research Workshop will be held at the Niagara Falls Marriott Gateway on the Falls in Niagara Falls, Ontario. This biennial meeting brings together Canadian pulse researchers from different disciplines to present their latest results within the areas of:

  • Pulses and Environment
  • Agronomy, Pathology, and Pest Management
  • Novel Uses, Health and Nutrition
  • Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics
  • Market and Industry

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Pulse Canada Launches New Website

Pulse Canada has a new website! Over the past several months, has been re-worked and re-designed to provide an interactive, informative and entertaining online portal that is a central source of information about pulses and Canada’s pulse industry. The new site is now up and running, and ready for your visit!

The new “Food + Health” section is home to food and nutrition research information, composition and functionality details, recipes and cooking suggestions and many free downloads. The site also contains news and videos, information about Canada’s pulse industry, the environmental benefits of pulses and about the partners that make up Pulse Canada.

Pulse Canada is interested in your feedback on the new website – think there is something missing? Send a note to with your suggestions. We look forward to hearing from you!