ETG Agro India, through its flagship enterprise ETC Agro Processing India Pvt Ltd., commands leadership as one of the largest processors and marketers in pulses. As the largest pulses processing company, the company aims at building India as a protein-rich nation by making protein-rich pulses affordable, available & accessible to mass consumers.
Pulses are a centerpiece ingredient in many cuisines around the world. They are cooked in varied ways world over but here in Indian cuisine they are a staple ingredient and used in variety of local and exotic dishes. Pulses essentially include seeds of legumes like lentils, beans, and peas. Pulses are so versatile that one can cook up a storm right from soups, starters, snacks, sweets, one pot meals and what not. Dishes made with pulses can easily carry a variety of cereals, root vegetables, leafy greens, seeds, meats amongst other ingredients with great elan.
The three solid pillars of good health are enough nutrients, protein, and fiber. Pulses deliver all three in abundance, plus they are a very cost-effective source of good proteins, a boon for vegetarians who do not eat meat to fill their protein requirements.
Pulses have a unique nutrient-rich profile and an inexpensive protein portfolio. This powerful combination makes it an ideal ingredient to cook with. Let us find out about the power of pulses in detail.
- Consumption of pulse protein leads to higher satiety levels that curb unnecessary hunger pangs, untimely snacking, and gives you a feeling of fullness. The substantial fiber in them fills you up with less and keeps your gut healthy & happy.
- Lysine, an amino acid present in pulses, promotes growth and calcium absorption and helps lower cholesterol in the body.
- Tyrosine and Phenylalanine are naturally found in pulses and legumes as they are known to increase dopamine levels in the brain, which may improve both memory and mood.
- Pulses are also high in potassium, which helps lower blood pressure by counteracting the effects of sodium, and they also deliver iron, zinc, folate, selenium, and magnesium. A study in Canada found that eating a serving of legumes every day for eight weeks improves the functioning of blood vessels, making them smoother and less rigid.
- Lentils are also low on the glycemic index, as their balance of complex carbohydrates and proteins provide a slow & steady source of glucose. They can also effectively help prevent fatigue due to this.
- Lentils contain a wide range of cancer-fighting plant chemicals, specifically isoflavones and phytosterols, which are associated with reduced cancer risk.
- They are rich in B vitamin folate that helps the body repair damaged cells, thus prevent aging.
- Another good thing about lentils is that they can help counter both malnutrition, as well as weight issues.
- A pulse-based diet also delivers more arginine, an amino acid to increase carbohydrates and fat burning, besides improving immunity and controlling blood pressure.
With the host of health benefits that it offers, it is easy to conclude that pulse power is all we need daily.
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Authored by Dietitian - Kavita Devgan