World Pulses Day 2022: history, Significance, and benefits

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World Pulses Day is celebrated every year to recognize the importance of pulses as a global protein-rich food. Pulses play a very important role in terms of the nutritional value of human food. and according to study pulses should be a vital part of of our daily diet.


World Pulses Day History

In 2018, the UN General Assembly decided to celebrate 10 February as World Pulses Day. The first World Pulses Day (WPD) was organized on February 10th, 2019.  On 20 December 2013, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution (A/RES/68/231) proclaiming 2016 as the International Year of Pulses.

What are pulses?

Pulses, also known as legumes, are the edible seeds of leguminous plants cultivated for food. Dried beans, lentils, and peas are the most commonly known and consumed types of pulses.

Health benefits of Pulses:

  • Pulses are high in dietary fiber and are an excellent low-fat source of protein.
  • Pulses contain micronutrients like iron, potassium, magnesium, zinc, and B vitamins.
  • Helps to prevent and control diabetes
  • Reduces risk of heart disease
  • Lowers the risk of certain cancers
  • Reduces cholesterol levels
  • Aids in weight management

World Pulses Day Significance

Pulses are packed with nutrients and have a high protein content, making them an ideal source of protein particularly in places where meat and dairy are not physically or economically accessible. Pulses are low in fat and rich in soluble fiber, which can lower cholesterol and help in the control of blood sugar.

World Pulses Day focuses on recognizing the importance of pulses in human life and ultimately a very good and cheaper source of protein.

World Pulses Day falls under the 2nd goal of the UN – “Zero Hunger.”  

Environmental Benefits of Pulses

The nitrogen-fixing properties of pulses improve soil fertility, which will increase and extends the productivity of the farmland. By victimization pulses for intercropping and canopy crops, farmers also can promote farm diversity and soil biodiversity, while keeping away the harmful pests and diseases.

Pulses can make contributions in mitigation by lowering dependence on the artificial fertilizers used to introduce nitrogen artificially into the soil. Greenhouse gases are launched at some stage in the production and alertness of those fertilizers, and their overuse may be unfavorable to the environment.

How to Observe #WorldPulsesDay

Many food organizations organize special events to promote World Pulse Day. Foodies around the world publish pulse recipes on their websites. Restaurants prepare special dishes made with pulses. Here are some of the ideas to celebrate World Pulses Day.

  • Cook a dal of your choice on this day. 
  • Spread awareness of the health benefits of pulses in your neighborhood and social network. 
  • Go pulses shopping! Fill your containers with pulses of various kinds in the kitchen. 
  • Resolve to eat atleast one bowl of dal daily or alternate day or a minimum of twice a week. 
  • You can have a dal party where you can cook a variety of dal dishes and have a protein blast! 

India the largest producer

India is the largest producer of pulses in the world, with an annual output of more than 23 million metric tons. The country widely grows pulses like Bengal Gram, Pigeon Peas, Green Beans, Chick Peas, Black gram, Red Kidney Beans, Black Eyed Peas, Lentils, and White Peas.

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