5 health benefits of having pulses in your daily diet
New Delhi : In India, people across the nation consume pulses in one or another form, it becomes more beneficial if these can be added in our daily diet. Among the top benefits, it is a rich source of plant-based protein, a nutrient which is essential for weight loss and buildup of muscles. Moong, chana, lobia, rajma, toor, kulith and masoor are a few of the many different varieties that pulses come in.
Nutritionist Jinal Shah has recommended that one must add 10-12 types of pulses in his or her diet per month. In one of her recent Insta posts, the nutritionist who works with Rujuta Diwekar, talks about the many benefits of including pulses in your diet.
Here are the five health benefits of adding pulses to daily diet:
1. Eating pulses or dal with rice or chawal makes the dish have a complete amino acid profile. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein. They help in increasing muscle growth and reducing muscle soreness and exercise-related fatigue.
2. Pulses are rich in vitamins, minerals and fibre. "Canada food guide of 2019 identifies pulses as both a vegetable and a protein source," writes Shah in the caption of her post, with the picture of sprouts made from green gram.
3. Pulses are also known for its rich fibre content. One cup of cooked lentils can provide you with 15 gm fibre. The fibre in pulses can help in improving heart health by lowering cholesterol levels.
4. Pulses have a low glycaemic index. Foods with low glycaemic index cause only a small spike in blood sugar levels.
5. Pulses are also a good source of folate. This B vitamin is especially important during pregnancy.
So what are you waiting for? Add pulses to your daily diet and complete your need of protein, fibre and several important vitamins and minerals.