by The Welthi Bureau 17th May, 2019
In India, no meal is considered complete without some form of dhal, or pulses, on the table. Every part of India has its own version of how to prepare this simple, humble, yet nutrition packed dish, and there’s a reason why the importance of pulses on the table has been maintained across generations.
The fact is, pulses are heart healthy. Research has shown that eating pulses can lower blood cholesterol, reduce blood pressure and help with body weight management, thereby reducing the risk of heart disease. Pulses are low in saturated and trans fats, and high in soluble fibre, which are very important for a heart healthy diet.
Pulses are also great for your general health, and are nutritious to eat, any time of day.
Listed below are some pulses (dhals) and what they contribute to your diet:
Green moong or green gram:
Source of manganese, potassium, folate, magnesium, Copper, Zinc, and Vitamin B. High in dietary fiber.
improve digestion, is a good source of protein and controls cholesterol.
Good source of protein, essential amino acids, potassium, iron, fiber and Vitamin B1. Also helps to lower cholesterol and control sugar levels.
Contains iron, folic acid, magnesium, calcium, Vitamin B and Potassium.
Packed with protein and fiber. Good for weight watchers. Controls cholesterol levels.
Kabuli channa or Chickpea: Has anti-inflammatory properties, high in folate, molybdenum, manganese, copper, fiber, protein, iron and zinc.
Excellent source of calcium, high in protein, low in fat and sodium. Good for diabetics and weight watchers.
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