Dietitian Health Tip-Pulses gluten free low fat low GI

Dietitian Health Tip: Pulses – gluten free, low fat, low GI

Pulses (dry peas, lentils, dry beans and chickpeas) are the edible seed of legumes. Soy beans and peanuts are edible seeds from a podded plant but they have a higher fat content than other pulses.

Pulses are gluten free, high in fibre, low in fat, have a low glycemic index and a ¾ cup serving is an excellent source and a vegetarian source of protein.

Source of Protein

Pulses are an important vegetarian and vegan source of protein. They contain twice the amount of protein as whole grain cereals like wheat, oats, barley and rice and include all essential amino acids.

High in Fibre

Pulses contain both soluble and insoluble fibre. Soluble fibre can help  control blood sugar levels and decrease blood cholesterol levels, while insoluble fibre assists with digestion.

Nutrient Rich

Pulses provide essential minerals and nutrients, including B vitamins, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus and zinc.

Looking for ways to incorporate more pulses into your diet? Try this African Peanut Stew

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