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Sensational Seeds? Pulses!


Pulses, commonly referred to as ‘legumes’, include dry beans, dry peas, lentils and chickpeas. A great tasting addition to your diet, they are rich in fibre and protein, and have high levels of minerals such as iron, zinc, and phosphorous as well as folate and other B-vitamins. In addition to their nutritional profile and links to improved health, pulses are unique foods in their ability to reduce the environmental footprint of our grocery carts. Put it all together and these sensational seeds are a powerful food ingredient that can be used to deliver the results of healthy people and a healthy planet.

Pulses come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colours and can be consumed in many forms including whole or split, ground in to flours or separated into fractions such as protein, fibre and starch. The term ‘pulses’ is used to describe the dry seeds, and not used to describe produce like fresh beans or peas. Soybeans and peanuts are legumes but aren’t included as pulses because of their high oil content. Pulses have virtually no fat. Discover this tasty, nutritious and versatile food that is steeped in history and is key to a healthy, sustainable food supply for the future.