Did you know that the United Nations declared 2016 the International Year of Pulses? They’re trying to raise awareness of the benefits of these nutritional powerhouses.
What’s a pulse? We’re not talking about what you feel on your wrist (although our pulses can improve your health). The pulses we’re referring to are the edible seeds of legumes. Think: beans, peas, lentils, and chickpeas.
Pulses are being celebrated by the UN because they are an incredible source of fiber, B-vitamins, iron, potassium, magnesium, and zinc. They also have a low fat content, contain zero cholesterol, and are a delicious alternative to animal-based protein (containing twice as much protein as other whole grains).
Pulses also promote sustainable agriculture; their crops decrease greenhouse gases, increase soil health, and require less water than other crops to grow. These versatile seeds are not only great for our bodies, but also great for the earth!
Click here to learn more about why it’s the International Year of Pulses, and why they’re the star ingredient of Yumami Go-Dips!
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