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Assessing the anti-nutritional properties of Canadian pulses

Plants can protect themselves from attack by producing chemical compounds that are deterrents to herbivores, insects and other pests. Some of these substances have adverse effects on human beings and animals, and are therefore referred to as “antinutritional factors” (ANFs). Pulses contain ANFs such as polyphenol compounds (e.g., tannins), enzyme inhibitors (e.g., trypsin inhibitors), lectins, phytates and oxalates. These ANFs can interfere with regular protein and carbohydrate digestion, mineral availability and metabolic activity,

Breeding work has reduced levels of some of these antinutritional factors, crop health tends to be adversely affected

Theme: Pulse Processing & Utilization
Project Title: A quantitative assessment of the anti-nutritional properties of Canadian pulses
Funding partners: Saskatchewan Pulse Growers and Agriculture and Agri‐Food Canada
Research Team: Dr. Michael Nickerson – University of Saskatchewan; Dr. Janitha Wanasundara - AAFC Saskatoon; Dr. Sue Arntfield – University of Manitoba.


Links to more information:
  • Project abstract
  • SPG Pulse Research Magazine – Volume 2, page 27 article titled: “Assessing anti-nutritional properties of pulses. Researchers perform a quantitative assessment of the anti-nutritional properties of Canadian pulses.”


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