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The power of pulses

The power of pulses

What Are Pulses and Why Are They Important?
Pulses, also known as grain legumes, are a group of 12 crops that includes dry beans, dry peas, chickpeas, and lentils. They are high in protein, fibre and various vitamins, provide amino acids, and are hearty crops. They are most popular in developing countries, but are getting credit for being an excellent part of a healthy diet throughout the world.


Pulses and nutrition
Pulses are part of a healthy, balanced diet and have proven to play an important role in preventing illnesses such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease. Pulses are a low fat source of protein, with a high fibre content and a low glycemic index.


Pulses and sustainability
Pulses play an important role for sustainability in many ways. They are an important component of crop rotations, they require less fertilisers than other crops and they are a low carbon source of protein. Pulses have a positive impact on soil quality because they help fix nitrogen in the soil. This contributes to higher yields in subsequent crop rotations.