Do you know which foods support a better climate and physical health?
The temperature of the earth’s surface is rising, oceans are getting warmer and glaciers are melting.
Just as there are a number of ways we humans are heating things up, there are a number of things we can do to cool them down.
But the earth isn’t the only one enduring poor health – we are too. We’re up against heart disease, cancer, diabetes, viruses, hormonal imbalances, and depression.
Interestingly, evidence suggests that one change in our diet could lead to improvements in the earth’s environment, as well as our physical health.
Are you willing to add one cup of pulses three times a week to your diet?
The term pulse in reference to food is uncommonly used, but it accurately identifies a group of foods more commonly called, legumes:
Dried beans and peas like pinto, black, kidney, chickpeas, navy, pigeon peas and split peas
Peanuts (right, not a nut!)
Pulses are highly nutritious, providing 7-10 grams of both protein and fiber in just half a cup. Many pulses provide at least 20% of our daily need for folate, a B-vitamin that's crucial for growing babies, and in adults supports greater energy, better focus, increased learning ability and improved memory.
From pulses, you’ll gain other B-vitamins like thiamin, riboflavin and B6; minerals such as iron, potassium, copper, magnesium and zinc. They’re also rich with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds.
Collectively this nutrition supports better blood pressure, blood lipids and blood sugars; a healthier gut microbiota leading to better digestion and improvements in brain health.
You’re likely to experience fullness and prolonged satisfaction following a meal. You may find yourself better able to concentrate. And studies have shown that frequent consumption of pulses is also linked with a reduced risk for colorectal cancer.
Compared to animal-based foods, especially beef, pulses produce 50% less greenhouse gas emissions.
Eating pulses is COOL! (Get it?)
The information in this article is designed for educational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for informed medical advice or care. This information should not be used to diagnose or treat any health problems or illnesses without consulting a doctor. Consult with a health care practitioner before relying on any information in this article or on this website. If you're interested in adding pulses to your diet but aren't quite sure how, we have nutrition and wellness service options that can help: