If you have followed me for a bit you have surely seen me mention pulses several times, the umbrella term for beans, lentils, dry peas, and chickpeas. But I don’t think I’ve specifically addressed why pulses are a key high performance food.
Here are 7 reasons:
✔️ Regular pulse eaters have higher overall nutrient intakes, including several that are crucial for physical and mental performance, namely: potassium; zinc; magnesium; folate; thiamin; and B6.
✔️ Pulses are antioxidant rich, with levels in some pulses rivaling berries.
✔️ The unique combination of fiber and plant protein found in pulses makes them a slow-burning carb, meaning they trigger a slower, lower rise in blood sugar and insulin levels, leading to sustained, even energy. For this reason pulses have been shown to help boost endurance.
✔️ Regular pulses eaters have smaller waist measurements and an over 20% lower risk of obesity. Pulses have also been shown to help curb processed food cravings, and rev up metabolism.
✔️ Pulses are naturally gluten free, so they provide a nutrient rich fuel source when gluten containing grains need to be eliminated.
✔️ Pulses support gut health, via their fiber and prebiotic contents. Prebiotics serve as food for beneficial probiotic bacteria, which allows them to flourish. Prebiotics also been shown to help improve nutrient absorption, and support bone density.
✔️ Pulses are not a common allergen.
😁 I generally recommend eating at least one serving (1/2 cup) of pulses a day, either as the protein in a plant-based meal, or as the starch in a meal that contains animal protein, like a veggie and avocado omelet with black beans, chickpeas mixed into salmon salad, or fish served on a bed of lentils and greens.
☺️ I also like to note that our bodies adjust when we eat pulses on the reg, which greatly diminishes bloating/gas, one of the main reasons people avoid pulses!
👉 Do you notice a difference in how you feel and perform when you consistently include pulses?
P.S. For more info, including the health benefits of pulses (e.g. cancer protection, etc.), please visit my website (link in bio), go to books, then Slim Down Now.