Pulses are significant in future healthy and sustainable diets

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A s declared by The 68th UN General Assembly, 2016 is the International Year of Pulses (IYP) . Blonk Consultants recently investigated what a healthy and sustainable diet (Menu for Tomorrow) would be for the Netherlands, looking to the future and the headroom there is regarding emissions contributing to climate change and land use.
It turns out that pulses, like chick peas, lentils, and beans have a significant role in future healthy and sustainable diets!

Increasing to (just!) 30 grams of pulses per day in future diets is beneficial for health as well as environmental impact.

Couple of facts

  • In 2010 the average Dutch diet contained 3 grams of pulses per day.
  • Increasing to (just!) 30 grams of pulses per day in future diets is beneficial for health as well as environmental impact.
  • Pulses have a high fiber content.
  • Pulses contribute to a healthy diet by providing fiber, vitamin B1, folate, iron and selenium.
  • The Menu for Tomorrow should also contain less animal products, more vegetables, more nuts & seeds and more fish.
Pulses are a very versatile food and can be eaten for breakfast, lunch or dinner. They can even be a healthy ingredient in baked goods and snacks

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Increasing to (just!) 30 grams of pulses per day in future diets is beneficial for health as well as environmental impact.



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Do you have questions about the environmental impact and nutritional value of pulses?
Please contact Gerard Kramer, manager Sustainable Nutrition Management
Tel +31(0)182547808
E-mail gerard@blonkconsultants.nl