Dried beans and peas extend beyond satisfying hunger and being an odd subject in children’s fairy tales; they also play a role in preventing chronic disease.
Dried beans and peas, known as pulses, are much more than meet the eye—and tongue. They’re a cheap and healthy source of protein that could play a pivotal role in solving the global problems of hunger, malnutrition, and climate change, as well as help with chronic conditions like heart disease and diabetes that are pervasive in the U.S. and other wealthy nations. Beans, lentils, and dried peas could very well serve as an answer to some very real problems.
Pulses are Protein-Producing Powerhouses
Pulses are nutrient-dense superfoods and are rich with dietary protein and minerals like iron and zinc. Chickpeas and garbanzo beans are a good example of these foods, and they grow easily in tough environments. This proves to be useful in parts of the world where good soil is hard to come by.
Beans and lentils are helpful for controlling diabetes, high cholesterol, and hypertension—conditions that can later lead to heart disease. They are also high in prebiotics, a non-digestible food that helps good bacteria grow in your gut.
It takes nearly 2,000 gallons of water to produce one pound of beef, and livestock is currently the largest source of methane gas emissions worldwide. Compare that to the 500 gallons it takes to produce one pound of chickpeas plus the fact that plants are not flatulent, and one can see how weaning off of beef can be one long-term solution to saving water and reducing greenhouse gases.
Dietary changes could lead to a better and healthier life, without the need to break the bank. To find out which foods have benefits to cover your overall health, talk to your doctor. To get the coverage you need to do that, contact SeniorChoices NW in Wilsonville, Oregon for all of your health insurance needs.