Pulses have numerous amount of benefits attached to it. To make your diet a healthy one, include a lot of pulses into it. They are high in fibre and thus help in easy digestion and keep the bowel function normal. It helps in lowering blood cholesterol and maintains the required level of insulin and glucose in the body. It helps ward off cardiovascular diseases and diabetes. Most of the pulses contain antioxidants and phytoestrogens that help prevent hormone-related cancers. Pulses are completely gluten-free thus happy treats for your tummy. Apart from these, pulses also comprise of other complex carbohydrates and proteins. They are typically found to contain about twice the amount of protein found in whole grain cereals like wheat, oats, barley, and rice. High amounts of the essential amino acid lysine in pulses and amino acids methionine & cysteine in cereals gives us an option to combine them in such a way that it results in better quality of protein that contains all essential amino acids in appropriate amounts. So a mix of pulses and cereals is a great breakfast option.
These pulses when organic are more nutritious as no harmful chemicals or pesticides are used while cultivating them. This makes them fit to consume and healthier as compared to conventionally grown pulses. They are purest in form if they are certified organic.
Kaivalya Organic's has a wide range of certified Organic Pulses to offer, some of them being Organic Black Chana, Organic Groundnuts, Organic Moong Dal, Organic Chana Dal, Organic Tur Dal, Organic Urad Dal, Organic Rajma.
As a result of their nutrient content and other properties, pulses can play a role in several special diets:
• Gluten-free diet: If a person with celiac disease consumes gluten (a protein found in wheat and some other cereal grains), an immune reaction is triggered in the small intestine, which can cause damage and poor absorption of nutrients. Pulses contain no gluten; therefore, people with celiac disease can use chickpeas, lentils or peas as an ingredient in recipes.
• Diabetic diet: For people with diabetes, consuming lentils, peas and beans may help with blood glucose management. Compared with some other carbohydrate sources, pulses have a lower glycemic index. Some studies have shown that consuming pulses may result in more stable blood glucose levels after meals.
• Vegetarian diet: Pulses are good sources of protein, vitamins and minerals (especially iron and zinc), which makes them an excellent food choice for vegetarians. They contain eight essential amino acids. Consuming lentils with rice provides the full complement of amino acids needed for growth.
• Weight management diet: Although more studies are needed, consuming pulses may help with weight management. For people trying to lose weight, pulses are high in fiber and protein, low in fat and moderate in calories. One cup of cooked lentils or dry peas contains about half of the daily fiber recommendation for adults. Foods higher in fiber content usually help people feel “full” or satiated at mealtime.
Nutrition note: When consuming extra fiber, be sure to drink plenty of fluids.