Pulses are a highly nutritious food group comprising beans, peas and lentils. When combined with grains in a vegetarian diet they form high quality protein.
Pulses are a good source of soluble fiber (which helps lower cholesterol), complex carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals. Most pulses provide useful iron and B vitamins for vegetarian and vegan diets. With the exception of soybeans, pulses are low in fat. Pulses are also low on the glycemic index.
Pulses in dried form need to be soaked before cooking. Most pulses are now available canned and ready to eat for instant cooking.