JAN 05, 2016 2:21 PM PST

It's the Year for Pulses!

WRITTEN BY: Kara Marker

The United Nations has declared 2016 the International Year of Pulses. This is an ancient term for foods we often refer to as legumes: lentils, chickpeas, kidney beans and black-eyed peas are just a few types of pulses. They are considered a superfood and are often an excellent source of protein. They're also easy to produce, and provide endless nutritional benefits like fiber, vitamins, and minerals.

Pulses also leave nitrogen in the soil that they grow in, making them "good for the plate and good for the planet."

"For a healthy body, for a healthy world," consider adding these healthy foods to your weekly meal plan!
About the Author
I am a scientific journalist and enthusiast, especially in the realm of biomedicine. I am passionate about conveying the truth in scientific phenomena and subsequently improving health and public awareness. Sometimes scientific research needs a translator to effectively communicate the scientific jargon present in significant findings. I plan to be that translating communicator, and I hope to decrease the spread of misrepresented scientific phenomena! Check out my science blog: ScienceKara.com.
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