Eating large quantities of pulses may lower the cancer, obesity, diabetes, and heart disease risk.
This research work was carried out to determine the correlation between the consumption of pulse, such as pea, lentil, chickenpea, dry bean, and faba beans, and the risk of developing diabetes, cancer, obesity, and heart diseases. Researchers reviewed several published literatures on the subject.
They found out that diets rich in pulses supply the body cells with important nutrients such as soluble and insoluble fibres, phytonutrients with anti-cancer properties, vitamins (foliate, thiamine, and niacin), minerals (iron, zinc, selenium, phosphorus, and potassium), and proteins. All these nutrients were found to confer significant protection against the development of chronic diseases, such as cancer, diabetes, obesity, and heart diseases. The findings of this study reveal that high consumption of pulses is associated with decreased risk of diabetes, cancer, obesity, and heart disease.