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Kitchen Secrets 21.2.

Published on April 17th, 2017 | by Soma Priya

Beauty Ingredient: Dal

You’ll find the tricolor right here – from the green moong, the yellow arhar or toor and the white urad. While the butter-laden dal makhani is not-so-great for your figure, simple dals cooked humbly are definitely a nutritional powerhouse of energy!

In the western countries, till late, pulses had a hippy image with very few people cooking it. Thanks to a series of researches, they have now become part of every trendy chef’s menu.  In India, dal comprises an important portion of our meal. These tiny treats are very good for our health and keep a number of ailments at bay. Pulses are derived from leguminous plants. They include peas, chickpeas, beans and lentils. In various parts of India, though pulses are cooked differently, their presence is indisputable. So what is it that makes pulses so desirable?

Pulses are nutrient powerhouse

Pulses are a colourful, fabulous, versatile, satisfying and cheap source of excellent quality protein and fiber. One cup of cooked pulses contains 15 grams of fiber which meets more than half of your daily fiber requirement. They have high protein, high fiber, high nutrient, low fat, low glycemic index and zero cholesterol. Health organizations recommend a regular intake of pulses as they prevent diabetes, heart problems and certain types of cancer. Overall they support a healthy diet. A regular intake of pulses leads to reduction in blood lipids and serum cholesterol.

Pulses help in weight management

Since pulses have high fiber content, they keep you feel ‘full’ for a longer time. So, pulses help in controlling weight by controlling appetite and increasing the feeling of fullness. Pulses comprise a major portion in the menu of those associated with show biz. Many dieticians also recommend daily intake of pulses in order to maintain a healthy weight.

Pulses help control blood sugar

Pulses have low Glycemic index which means that the consumption of pulses does not elevate blood sugar levels drastically as compared to white breads or refined sugar. People suffering from diabetes should consume pulses on a daily basis as they maintain blood glucose level. Pulses are also recommended for otherwise healthy people as they face lower risk of diabetes and other cardiovascular diseases. Pulses are also a good source of iron and add fiber which lowers blood cholesterol and maintains a healthy heart.

Pulses keep skin ailments at bay

Cooking of pulses with water ensures good water content in your diet plus it keeps the fatty content at bay – a good, healthy diet automatically gives you a glowing skin. Include pulses in your diet and eat a simple and balanced diet to watch a healthy skin.  For vegetarians, pulses are undoubtedly an important source of protein. Even non vegetarians can add a handful of pulses to casseroles, soups and sausages to add texture and flavor. This way they will be adding less fat in their meaty dish and hence ensuring fitness.

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