Fruit, vegetables and pulses are versatile, tasty and pack an almighty nutritional punch that will keep you happy, healthy and brimming with vitality. There are loads of ways to fit them into your diet, from soup and smoothies to stews and desserts. Many fruits and vegetables are so nutrient-dense that they're classed as superfoods - examples include berries, baobab fruit and leafy greens such as spinach and kale. But all fruit, veg and pulses have amazing qualities - and we've listed some of these below: ...
Fruits, Vegetables and Pulses
Fruit is nature's sweetest gift, and one of the finest snack foods in existence. There are many hundreds of different varieties grown all over the world, and they're a fantastic source of beneficial vitamins and minerals, which the body needs to grow, maintain biological processes and repair damage. They also usually contain a great amount of fibre, which keeps our digestive system working efficiently. Fruit is usually low in calories and fat, and high in beneficial plant compounds which protect us against disease, slow the ageing process and can help us lose weight.
Eating vegetables gives your health a great boost. They have excellent amounts of dietary fibre and plant polyphenols, which contribute to a healthy heart and brain, and can even improve our mood. People who eat vegetables regularly have a far lower incidence of chronic disease than those who don't, and veggies are great to have in the kitchen - they're colourful, nutritious and very, very tasty!
Pulses are one of the best sources of plant protein available. As well as being extremely tasty, they're also extraordinarily versatile, and can be used in stews, salads, rice dishes or even in sweet dishes. What's more, they're packed with minerals, vitamins and all kinds of compounds beneficial to the health of your body and mind. Pulses are full of fibre, which is associated with a lower risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and bowel cancer. They contain loads of resistant starch, which is a prebiotic and brilliant for controlling your weight. Pulses are also full of a whole load of fantastic vitamins and minerals.