Legumes have been a part of the human diet for as long as humanity can remember. Since they are both easy to grow and accessible around the world, legumes are nutritionally substantial for people who do not or cannot include meat in their diets. As well as taking up a small space, the fact that there are multiple seeds in each pod, makes them give good harvest.
There are two nouns used interchangeably for this sustenance; pulse and legume. However, there is a distinction between them. A legume is actually a plant with leaves, pods and edible seeds inside. A pulse on the other hand, is the edible seed inside the legumes. For an example kidney bean is a pulse whereas kidney bean pod is a legume.
Pulses are rich in protein and fiber, low in sodium and fat, contain vitamins and amino acids. Basically, they have everything good for human health. When consumed as part of a plant based diet, pulses can help human body fight chronic diseases regarding digestive system, diabetes, and more. They are digested slowly and due to their high fiber content, they provide a feeling of satiety. They are known for their feature of boosting metabolism and energy production.
Aside from the benefits they provide to human body, pulses also play a significant role in sustainable food systems. The pulse crops have a very distinct feature. They are capable of fixing atmospheric nitrogen into ammonia and converting this to enriched soil as well as reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and help clean the air.
Having all of these benefits, regular inclusion of pulses in your diet will boost your health and uplift your life quality in general.