Pulses for a Healthy Diet

Eating a diet rich in pulses can:

  • Help maintain a healthy body weight

    Rich in protein and fiber and low in fat, pulses can help you feel fuller longer

  • Reduce the risk of chronic diseases

    Pulses can help with the management of blood sugar levels and diabetes because they do not cause blood sugar levels to rise as much as sugary or starchy foods that are low in fiber

  • Contribute to gut health

    Pulses are a source of prebiotic fiber – the preferred food of our gut bacteria – which contributes to good gut health

  • Reduce post-meal “crashes”

    Pulses are complex carbohydrates, which take longer to break down compared with other carbohydrates (simple sugars), providing longer-lasting energy

  • Help maintain heart health

    Pulses are a heart-healthy food choice. Research has shown that eating pulses can lower blood cholesterol, reduce blood pressure and help with body weight management, which are all risk factors for heart disease

Nutritious Powerhouses

Pulses provide the following nutritional benefits:

  • Good source of plant-based protein

    Pulses deliver double the protein per serving of quinoa

  • Low Fat

    Lentils have 17 g less fat per serving than pork

  • Low in sodium

    On average pulses have 500 mg less sodium per serving than deli turkey

  • Excellent source of folate

    Chickpeas contain 3x more folate per serving than kale

  • Excellent source of fiber

    Pulses have 4x more fiber per serving than brown rice

  • Iron-rich

    One serving of black beans contains more iron than a 3 oz. serving of flank steak

  • Cholesterol-free

    Dry peas have 186 mg less cholesterol than an egg

  • Good source of potassium

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