Pulse Potential: Why are Lentils and Beans Rising Canadian Crop Stars?
With about 80% of our production exported around the world, Canada is the largest exporter of pulses. Grain legumes such as beans, dry peas, lentils and chickpeas are all part of the great big Canadian pulse family.
To help grow these exports and learn more about the health benefits of pulses, scientists at the Guelph Research and Development Centre are conducting research on bioactive elements found in common beans that have shown to provide relief from inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Pulses are known to reduce inflammation as they have high levels of bioactive molecules, components in food that reduce inflammation and slow the progression of disease, which can help improve the quality of life for IBD patients.
Researchers are also learning how regular consumption of pulses can assist with controlling blood sugar levels. With this important research we’ll soon know more about how pulses can help Canadians with chronic health conditions lead fuller, more active lives.
- The Canadian pulse industry had an export value of $2.7 billion in 2018.
- Canada is the world's largest producer and exporter of lentils and dry peas, with pulses exported to over 120 countries in 2018.
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