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How do Pulses Aid Weight Loss?


How do pulses aid weight loss?

New research says eating pulses can help you lose weight. Published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the study revealed that tucking into one portion of pulses each day (around ¾ cup) stabilises appetite and lowers ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol by around 5 percent. It also found weight was reduced by an average of 0.34kg (or 0.75lbs).
The best bit? Weight loss and appetite control was experienced without making any other changes or cuts to a person’s daily diet.
“Though the weight loss was small, our findings suggest that simply including pulses in your diet may help you lose weight, and we think more importantly, prevent you from gaining it back after you lose it,” said lead author Dr Russell de Souza, a researcher with the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St Michael's Hospital in Toronto, Canada.

More points for pulses and weight loss

Previous studies have also found that eating beans and legumes (the collective term for pulses in some parts of the world) increased the ‘full feeling’ by around 31 percent.
In addition, an Australian study found that adding just 100 grams of chickpeas to a person’s daily diet for three months increased satiation and reduced overeating of other foods. 
Moreover, a University of Manitoba study, published in Applied Psychology, Nutrition, and Metabolism journal, discovered that hamsters given a diet with 10 percent pea flour (replacing cornstarch) experienced mproved metabolic rate and enhanced carbohydrate and fat burning.

What are pulses?

So the question is – how can you get more pulses onto your plate?
Try adding these beautiful beneficial beans and legumes into your daily diet:
  • Kidney beans
  • Chick peas
  • Aduki beans
  • Lentils
  • Black beans
  • Dried peas
You can enjoy them any way you like – tossed in a salad, stir fry, curry, leftovers mash, mixed into pasta or lasagna...the delicious options are endless. Your nutritionist or dietitian can help you plate up with pulses too.

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