International Year of Pulses: the celebrations continue in 2017
How many New Year’s resolutions do you actually keep? How about making a resolution that’s easy to stick to, good for your health, and good for the planet too?
Decide to eat more pulses! It’s as easy as opening a can.
Pulses are a nutritional powerhouse with multiple health benefits.
There are many varieties to choose from, including chickpeas, black beans, red kidney beans, cannellini beans and lentils. Check out our Edgell range of pulses here to get inspired: www.edgell.com.au
Making your pulses resolution will be even easier because January 18th 2017 will be the second ever Global Pulse Day - a global event that will celebrate pulses and legumes, continuing the momentum of the 2016 International Year of Pulses.
The terms pulse and legume are often used interchangeably but if you want to get technical about it, pulses are the dried seeds of legumes.
“Legumes are packed with plant-based protein and fibre, are low GI and contain a wide variety of vitamins and minerals like iron, folate and zinc which are essential for good health, so of course we should be eating more of them”, says Samantha Thomas, Dietitian at Simplot Australia. “Also, they’re an economical way to boost nutrition, and can easily be incorporated into every meal occasion at breakfast, lunch and dinner plus snacks. There aren’t many foods that are so versatile”.
In a recent media release, the Grains & Legumes Nutrition Council (GLNC) also highlighted the nutritional benefits of legumes—promoting digestive health, helping stabilise blood glucose levels, and assisting weight maintenance and loss.(1)
GNLC recommend enjoying at least 2-3 serves of legumes per week.(2) One serve equals half a cup (75 grams) of cooked, dried or canned beans, chickpeas or lentils, if eaten as a vegetable serve. For vegetarians, one serve equals one cup (150 grams), when eaten as a meat alternative.
Sticking to this New Year’s resolution is going to be simple, as legumes are an incredibly versatile food, and enjoying them is easier than you might think. Throw a four bean mix into a risotto, or a can of cannellini beans into a chicken cacciatore. Or if you have a sweet tooth, why not add a can of chickpeas to give a velvety texture to a chocolate tart? More quick and easy ideas can be found at: www.edgellplusone.com.au or www.simplygreatmeals.com.au
- Grains and Legumes Nutrition Council [media release]. North Sydney, NSW: Grains and Legumes Nutrition Council. 5 Top Reasons to Love your Legumes! [released 2016 Nov 3rd, cited 2016 Nov 23rd].
- Grains and Legumes Nutrition Council [internet].North Sydney, NSW: Grains and Legumes Nutrition Council, C2011-2016. Recommend Amounts of Legumes [Cited 2016 Nov 23]. Available from: http://www.glnc.org.au/grains-2/recommended-amounts/recommended-amount-of-legumes/