What are Pulses

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What are Pulses?

In technical terms, pulses are the dry, edible seeds of plants in the legume family. In understandable terms, they’re a category of superfoods that includes chickpeas, lentils dry peas and beans. They’re incredibly healthy, affordable, tasty and versatile.
Benefits of pulses include:


Nutritious

Regardless of the season, it's always easy to have pulses on hand due to long shelf lives.

PULSES ARE:

  • Good source of protein

    Lentils deliver double the protein per serving of quinoa

  • Excellent source of fiber

    All pulses have 4x more fiber than brown rice

  • Excellent source of folate

    Chickpeas contain 3x more folate per serving than kale

  • Iron-rich

    One serving of black beans contains 1.5 times as much iron as one 3 oz. serving of flank steak

  • Good source of potassium

    One serving of dry peas contains as much potassium as a banana

  • High in antioxidants

    Per serving, red kidney beans have higher antioxidant content than blueberries and pomegranate juice

  • Gluten-free

  • Sodium-free

  • Cholesterol-free

Nutritional information sourced from the USDA Nutrient Database, antioxidant data as published in Journal of Agriculturaland Food Chemistry, June 9, 2004; All nutritional figures based on ½ cup serving of cooked pulses

For more information on the nutrition of pulses, visit www.pulses.org.

 

Versatile & Tasty

THE MANY WAYS TO LOVE PULSES:

Swap half the meat in nearly any recipe with lentils

Add cooked white beans or pea protein to smoothies, or try pulse flours to make gluten-free baked goods

Add chickpeas to pasta, or select one of the many pastas made with pulses

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DID YOU KNOW

It takes the same time to prepare lentils and split peas as it takes to prepare pasta, quinoa or rice (15-30 minutes)

No time? Try canned or flash frozen pulses 

Affordable

  • Pulses are one of the most cost-effective proteins around, enjoyed by people around the world as a food staple.

U.S. cost per serving of lentils is $0.10 vs.:
  • $1.49

    FOR BEEF

  • $0.73

    FOR PORK

  • $0.63

    FOR CHICKEN

Cost per serving data sourced from ERS calculations, based on average prices from The Bureau of Labor Statisticsand USDA Agricultural Marketing Service Data, as reported by the USDA, July 2015

Sustainable

PULSE CROPS:

Natural Fertilizers

Enrich the soil where they grow, reducing the need for chemical fertilizers

Drought-tolerant and Frost-hardy

Can grow in harsh environments

Low Carbon Footprint

Have one of the lowest carbon footprints of any food group

Water-efficient

Require little or no irrigation

For more information on the sustainability of pulses, visit www.pulses.org.