All About Pulses | Birds Eye



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Governments globally are increasingly understanding and communicating about the benefits of including plant-based foods in our diets, and of following more sustainable diets. Indeed, 2016 was the United Nations International Year of Pulses. With the world population continually rising, and current world food production rates likely to be insufficient to support the population in the future, there is a need to produce more food from less land and with less water. There is where pulses have a very important role to play. 

Pulses are perfect for a healthy, balanced diet, as are healthy plant protein sources that contain fibre, and also provide a wealth of other nutrients. They even count towards your portions of vegetables

This family of foods include beans (kidney, adzuki, butter, haricot, etc.), broad beans, chickpeas and lentils, all of which are highly versatile and nutritious- whether used as the base of soups and stews, whizzed into dips, or added to a variety of dishes for a taste and nutrition boost. Pulses are a new mealtime essential!  

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For pulses-based recipe inspiration, visit: Pulses Recipes

Here are some nutrition facts about the wholesome and sustainable goodies: 

- All pulses are naturally very low in sodium or sodium free- so provide taste without the salt! 

- Pulses are plant proteins- which can help contribute to maintenance of normal muscles and bones, amongst other roles! 

- Kidney Beans are especially high in fibre. Fibre is vital to a balanced diet, and pulses generally are a good way to boost your intake. Why not try a mixed bean salad or soup for lunch, instead of a sandwich, for a nutritious midday boost? 

- Broad Beans are especially rich in pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), which contributes to normal mental performance, normal metabolism, and the reduction of tiredness and fatigue.  

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- Chickpeas are a good source of iron, which is needed for normal immunity, normal cognitive brain function, and normal formation of red blood cells. 

- Black Eyed Beans are especially rich in protein. Protein is required for the growth, maintenance and repair of our bodies.  

- Lentils contain folate, which is needed for normal blood formation, protein synthesis and cell division.  

- All pulses are gluten free- so people with coeliac disease or a gluten intolerance can still enjoy!  

Here at Birds Eye , we love pulses! Why not try our Mexican Bean Mix, Chickpea and Spinach Mix, Italian 3 Bean Mix. All delicious and nutritious! Made with Love from Birds Eye.