The term ‘pulses’ includes beans, lentils, peas and peanuts. Pulses are rich in healthy nutrients. As a source of carbohydrates and proteins, pulses can make good substitutes for potatoes and pasta, as well as meat. Green beans, runner beans and garden peas, for example, are regarded as vegetables rather than pulses. It is recommended that you eat pulses at least once a week.
##Eating pulses regularly and your health
There are health effects associated with eating pulses.
Eating pulses reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases
Eating pulses regularly has a positive impact on cholesterol levels. A high cholesterol level is a risk factor for developing cardiovascular diseases.
It is therefore recommended that you eat pulses such as chickpeas, lentils, split peas, kidney beans and brown or white beans on a regular basis.
iGene offers you an insight into your personal risks of developing conditions and tells you whether eating pulses regularly may be particularly important for you to help prevent certain conditions. In addition, an iGene Passport provides you with information on what else you can do to reduce any risks.
Here we focus on behaviour that will help you maximise the benefits to your health. In the publication below you can read more about what iGene can do for you.