What’s the difference between legumes & pulses?

Legumes are plants from the Fabaceae family, that include the stems, leaves & pods. Where as a pulse is the edible seed found inside a legume plant. Pulses, which are dried peas, beans and lentils are the edible seeds that are kept cosy in a legume pod.

Do pulses cause gas? 

If you are not accustomed to eating pulses they may cause some initial flatulence. Although all foods that contain carbohydrates could encourage gas build up in the large intestine, this is not always the case with pulses and will depend on whether or not your body has the enzymes necessary to digest these carbohydrates.

Are pulses a good source of plant protein?

Pulses such as chickpeas, lentils, beans and peas are loaded with protein. Pulses are a great source of plant-protein and a great addition to a meat-free diet. Did you know that one cup of chickpeas is 78% of your recommended daily protein intake, and our Red Lentil Pasta contains 46% of your recommended daily protein intake?

Are pulses gluten-free?

Pulses are naturally gluten-free. A variety of gluten-free pulse flours are a great substitute for wheat and rye in the formulation of products and even baking. Our pasta is 100% pulse pasta and therefore contains no gluten.

What are the nutritional benefits of legumes/pulses?

Legumes are packed with a variety of essential nutrients, which include protein, fibre, low GI carbohydrates, vitamins & minerals. In respect to their valuable bioactive molecules, legumes are vital properties that should form part of our diet.

How do pulses benefit the planet?

Pulses are a low carbon footprint food. They utilise soil bacteria to extract nitrogen from the air. This natural process replaces the need to add nitrogen fertilizers in pulse crops, which means pulses use half the energy inputs of other crops.
Pulse crops produce a number of different compounds that feed soil microbes and benefit soil health. After pulse crops are harvested, they leave behind nitrogen-rich crop residues that provide extra nutrients for the next crop that is grown.

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What kind of pasta is good for weight loss?

Foods that are rich in protein and fibre and low in fat, such as pulses can help you feel fuller for longer and help you maintain a healthy body weight. Most weight-loss diets are protein-rich, as protein is an important nutrient for satiety. Pulse pastas are a perfect solution if you are craving pasta but looking to loose weight or maintain weight gain. 

Can I give this to my kids?

Happy Earth People pastas are great for kids, as pulses are packed with a wide variety of vitamins, nutrients, minerals, iron and are a rich source of protein. These are all essential for a child’s development. Instead of struggling to incorporate pulses into their diet, why not try a fuss-free bowl of pulse pasta?

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Is this pasta-alternative safe for diabetics?

Although pulses do contain carbohydrates, they do not trigger a sharp rise in blood glucose levels as opposed to other foods containing carbohydrates. Pulses have a low glycaemic index (GI). The combination of fibre and the high protein levels in pulses, slow the breakdown of these carb’s into glucose in the blood. People with diabetes often find that pulses don’t cause a spike in their glucose levels, especially when portions are managed. However, it is important to speak to your doctor for specific advise on how to count the carbs in pulses.

Are pulses good for gut health?

Pulses are a source of prebiotic fibre, the ideal food for gut bacteria – this contributes to good gut health. Eating pulses can lower blood cholesterol, reduce blood pressure and help manage weight, all of these contribute towards avoiding risk of heart disease and maintaining a healthy gut.

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