I know what you’re thinking… what the heck is a pulse? There’s a good chance you have been eating pulses for years (especially if you're a plant-based enthusiast), without even knowing it. Pulses are the dried, edible seeds of plants in the legume family (think beans, peas, lentils, and chickpeas.) Not only are pulses packed with protein and other nutrients, but they are affordable, sustainable, and easy to grow.
For your health
Pulses are an excellent addition to a plant-based diet. Pulses provide protein and fibre, as well as a significant source of vitamins and minerals, such as iron, zinc, folate, and magnesium. While vegan or plant-based diets are often criticized for their low intake of protein, many pulses have similar protein per serving when compared to meat. While 100 grams of lean ground beef contains roughly 20 grams of protein, soybeans have 18 grams of protein per serving.
Known for their very low glycemic index, Pulses are particularly suitable for individuals with diabetes. The Pulse helps to lower blood sugar and stabilize insulin levels. They’re low fat content and high levels of fibre are excellent to help manage cholesterol levels, digestive health, and increase energy levels. Pulses are even better when paired with other Plant-Based foods like oats, barely, rice, or quinoa. The combination, like in our black bean chocolate pancakes, quinoa lentil burger, or even Eggcitables egg itself, provides a higher quality of protein (which contains both lysine AND sulfur-containing amino acids).
For the planet
Even if Plant-Based eating is not a priority, governments around the world are starting to rally behind pulses as a key staple in a sustainable diet. Organizations like The United Nations Global Pulse and Pulse Canada are advocating the consumptions and supporting innovation in the pulse industry. Pulses are used as rotational crops to help balance nitrogen in the soil and improve soil microbes, making them much more sustainable than mono-crops.
Pulses use significantly less water than other protein sources. Water footprints for beef, chicken and pork are 11-43 times higher than pulses. Many pulses have also adapted to the climate, making them more drought resistant. Plants like peas and lentils, extract water some very shallow depths.
Eating pulses regularly can also significantly reduce your carbon footprint. Growing pulses requires much less energy and generates significantly lower levels of CO2 than other protein sources. One kilogram of beef generates over 25kg of CO2e whereas one kilogram of lentils generates less than 1kg of CO2e.
For your wallet
There’s no arguing that pulses are significantly cheaper than other protein sources…
(prices all quoted from Atlantic Superstore)
Eggcitables is extremely proud to use Canadian pulses in our products. It enables us to offer a better, complex AND plant-based protein to incorporate into your diet. To learn more about pulses and their power, visit http://www.pulsecanada.com/. To discover which plant-based recipes can be made using the Pulses nutrients, visit https://www.eggcitables.com/all-recipes.