“Red beans and ricely yours.” Louis Armstrong loved red beans and rice so much he signed his personal letters thus.
The lowly bean was raised to super food status when the United Nations declared 2016 The International Year of Pulses. Beans, peas, lentils and chickpeas are the key to eradicating world hunger and addressing chronic health conditions such as heart disease, obesity and diabetes. Not only do pulses improve our overall health, they are also economical. According to The Bean Institute the average cost per serving of lentils is 8 cents as opposed to $1.14 for lean ground beef.
Pulses have the lowest carbon footprint of any protein source. Reduced reliance on meat consumption results in decreased greenhouse gas emissions and water usage. The water footprint required to produce a kilogram of beef is 18 times higher than the water required for a kilogram of pulses. Growing pulses improves soil health and reduces the need for fertilizer.
A study by Dr. Peter Zahradka, a lead investigator into the health benefits of pulses, will look at a reduced risk of diabetes and heart disease as well as a reduced risk of diabetes due to the promotion of healthy blood sugar levels, reduced cholesterol and blood pressure through the consumption of pulses.
The gluten free humble legume is high in fibre, low in fat and packed with nutrients like folate, potassium and iron. Typically Manitobans eat less than one third of cup of pulses per week. A healthy benchmark is ½ cup a day. Check out these cook books at WPL or look for more recipes online through www.manitobapulse.ca.
Vegan Beans from Around the World – Adventurous recipes for the most delicious nutritious and flavourful bean dishes ever.
The “Bean Team” from Manitoba Pulse and Soybean Growers will make a guest appearance at the Fort Garry Library on Tuesday February 2 at 6:30 pm to talk about the benefits of beans and other pulses and to demonstrate some recipes. Call 204 986 4918 to register for this free event.
And join the Pulse Pledge, a global movement to commit to eating nutritious, affordable pulses once a week for 10 weeks.
“Red beans and ricely yours,” Jane