Alberta Pulse Growers

Pulses & Your Health

Improving your diet is easy when you add dried peas, beans, lentils, and chickpeas into your meals. Rich in many nutrients - including protein, fibre, iron, folate, and potassium - pulses are low in fat and cholesterol-free, making them a healthy option as both a meat and starch alternative.

Canada’s Food Guide recommends 3/4 cup (175 mL) of cooked beans, peas, lentils, and chickpeas as 1 Meat and Alternative serving. This is about the size of a tennis ball. The Food Guide also encourages Canadians to include low-fat ‘meat alternatives beans, lentils and tofu in their diet often’.

Because of their many benefits in a healthy diet, pulses are a good choice for vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free diets. These superfoods, which grow all across the Canadian prairies, are also recommended as part of a healthy diet for heart health, diabetes, and weight control.

Nutritious and delicious, pulses are surprisingly good for you and your health.