what exactly are pulses?
April 3, 2007 4:28am CST
they're edible seeds that grow in pods, namely beans, peas and lentils, and they're delicious too. add to soups, casseroles and sauces for extra taste and texture - three cooked heaped tablespoons equal one portion of veg. pulses are a good source of protein, carbohydrate, fibre, iron and b vitamins.
3 Apr 07
Pulses contain 20 to 25% of proteins, which is double of that found in wheat and three times that found in rice. Pulses are sometimes called "poor man’s meat". Pulse protein is equivalent in quality to soy protein which has been shown by the World Health Organization to be the equal of meat, milk and egg proteins. While pulses are generally high in protein and the digestibility of that protein is also high, they often are relatively poor in the essential amino acid methionine. Grains, among other foods, can make up for this shortfall.