Os legumes son un dos alimentos nutricionalmente máis recomendables.

Os legumes son un dos alimentos nutricionalmente máis recomendables.

Pulses are the Most Nutritious Foods and Most Recommended by Health Authorities

These foods, basic in the mediterranean diet, are supposed to be a great source of proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, fiber and vitamins

Pulses are the Most Nutritious Foods and Most Recommended by Health Authorities

Proteins

20% to 25% of their weight is pure protein in most cases. Since they have a high percentage of proteins, the seeds of pulses have played a huge role in many animals foods, man has added pulses, for instance, into pigs, rabbits, birds and any kind of cattle fodder.

Carbohydrates

Around 60 % is the average amount of carbohydrates in pulses. Pulses are, therefore, veggies which are rich in carbohydrate with polysaccharides or complex sugar like complejos como el starch, simple sugars like sacrose, glucose or fructose, or even oligosaccharides.

Diet Fibre

Around 11 to 25% of the pulse is diet fiber and together with cereals is the main source of fiber. This type of nutrient has potentially great preventive benefits against obesity, diabetes mellitus, constipation, and colon cancer.

Micronutrient

All pulses have relevant amounts fo iron, copper,  carotenoids, vitamin B1, niacine, and are an important source of folic acid. Several studies have indicated that eating food rich in folates will help prevent any heart disease.

Lipids

Pulses have low content in fats. It has been shown that a varied diet based on pulses lowers cholesterol levels in the bloodstream, though it has not been proved how it really works in the human body.

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