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!