PULSES: Creating New Trends in the Food Industry through these “SUPERFOODS”


DID YOU KNOW! PULSES also known as “SUPERFOODS” are healthy, a partner for food security, and good for the environment!



In my recent trip to Bangkok, Thailand, I was able to know more things about PULSES and how we are able to benefit from it. But before providing you why Pulses are healthy, a partner for food security and good for the environment, I will first introduce you to what Pulses are and to when it all started.


Pulses are edible seeds of various crops such as peas, lentils, chickpeas, dry edible beans (kidney bean, black bean, navy beans, pinto bean) and other. Pulses in the USA are known for consistency in their size and quality. From the 68th UN General Assembly, they declared 2016 as the International Year of Pulses that raised awareness and promoted consumption of pulses at events around the world. More pulse-based products can be found on the shelves of markets everywhere.



What are the classes of dry peas, lentils, chickpeas and dry beans? Dry peas are composed of Green Peas which are used for food in can, salads, and soups in the US, however, in the Philippines, green peas are used for snacks because of its wide variety. That is also why the Philippines provides a good market venue for manufacturing and production of green peas. Another example of dry peas are Yellow Peas, which are common in Indonesia, a little bit cheaper compared to other dry peas, and usually used for snacks. Other dry peas are Marrowfat, Australian winter, and Feed peas.




Did you know? Those peas are an excellent source of essential vitamins, minerals, and dietary fiber for pets, especially green and yellow peas. Green and Yellow peas are also popular snack ingredients in Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, and Vietnam.



Lentils are composed of Pennell, Eston, Crimson/Morton, Brewer/Richlea and Pardina (which are common for creating a hummus – a very popular food in the US and used by a lot of restaurants). 



Chickpeas are composed of Café and Milky White type, those are used widely for food.



Dry Beans are composed of Black, Pinto, Navy, Cow Pea, Dark Red, Small Red, Light Red Kidney, Garbanzo (which is common in the Philippines as an ingredient when making a famous Filipino dessert, Halo-Halo) and Great Northern bean (which is the biggest selling beans in the US).


Some products made of PULSES
Pulses are versatile because it can be used as beverages and dairy alternatives like milk; used as baby food; used as bakery products; used as pasta and noodles; used  as food coatings; and in the future, pulses will be used as a replacement for soya and meat.


DID YOU KNOW?

Pulses Health Benefits – Pulses help fight obesity and certain diseases (like diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and others) and even help prevent certain cancers. PULSES are high in protein, high in potassium, high in dietary fiber, high in antioxidants, micronutrients, gluten-free, NON-GMO (genetically modified organisms), low allergen, and has lower glycemic index scores compared to cereals. The health benefits of pulses are suitable for the lifestyle of most “Millennials” because eating healthy is a growing trend all over the world.



Pulses Ecological Benefits – Pulses are good for the environment. Pulses promote sustainable agriculture by helping to decrease greenhouse gases and increase soil health while using less water than other crops. Pulses produce their own fertilizer by fixing nitrogen. Pulses use less non-renewable energy relative to other crops. Climate change is a challenge we all face, and changing your diet to make it environmentally sustainable is one way to help.



Did you know? That only 43 gallons of water required to produce one pound of pulses compare to 1,857 gallons of water required to produce one pound of beef.

Pulses can feed the world – Most of the pulses are very high in quality and are affordable enough to feed the growing population in the world.



One way to help resolve crises like poverty, lack of nutritious food, poor infant feeding practices, children that are poorly nourished suffer development including health and education, inadequate clean water and sanitation, and farming a limited variety of crops is to educate people about nutritious food like pulses, and make them more popular across the world. And to increase the demand, we have to deliver the highest quality of pulses.


with Dee Richmond, PhD, Senior Project Manager of Agrisource, during the Introduction of PULSES.
You can also visit the following websites below or watch the video about "Pulses"


Websites:

USA Dry Pea and Lentil Council - www.pea-lentil.com

US Dry Bean Council  - www.usdrybeans.com

International Year Of the Pulses  - www.iyp2016.org

Pulse Pledge - www.pulsepledge.com

Legume Chef - www.legumechef.com

Cooking With Pulses - www.cookingwithpulses.com


Videos:

Why the time for pulses is now - https://youtu.be/J7r9kFIpsOY

What are pulses - https://youtu.be/hov9krTP9No

Pulses” The Future of Food - https://youtu.be/9UWoIMbJWS8

YouTube Channel- LovePulses


https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKqoS_KDplRJGR3lTWBOlNg

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