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World Pulses Day

February 10

Not heartbeat pulses. The edible kind.

Recognising their value, and the nutritional and environmental benefits of eating pulses (like lentils, beans, and more) proclaiming 2016 as the International Year of Pulses (IYP). The celebration of the year, led by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), increased the public awareness of the nutritional and environmental benefits of pulses as part of sustainable food production.

They are recommended in the diets of many major health organisations including those established to reduce the risks of cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. Pulses are good for you and good for the planet.

Pulses are the edible seeds of plants in the legume family. Pulses grow in pods and come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors. The United Nations recognises 11 types of pulses: dry beans, dry broad beans, dry peas, chickpeas, cow peas, pigeon peas, lentils, Bambara beans, vetches, lupins and pulses.

Diets rich in pulses contribute to good health and can reduce the risk of certain diseases. Pulses are a key part of healthy vegetarian and Mediterranean diets and dietary recommendations from diabetes, heart health, and cancer organisations all include pulses.



February 10