6 Reasons Why 2016 is the International Year of Pulses

2. Little Antioxidant Powerhouses

According to the American Journal for Clinical Nutrition, dried beans (or grain legumes) contribute to several nutritional and health benefits associated with the prevention of chronic disease. For example, pulse foods are rich in multiple essential micronutrients (i.e., folate, zinc, potassium, magnesium,  iron, and zinc, as wells as polyphenols.

The same research shows that polyphenols, potent antioxidants (i.e., flavonoids, tannins, and phenolic acids) have been linked to a significant decrease in low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL), the “bad” cholesterol associated with the development of type II diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and ischemic heart disease.

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