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The daily minimum pulse needs of an individual are 80-100g, while the actual consumption currently in India is as low as 30g (source: WHO)

Did you know?
Pulses are the best natural source of protein, dietary fibre and carbohydrates. They provide vital nutrients necessary for today’s hectic lifestyle. Pulses, which have a high protein content, help repair body tissue and muscles, ensure synthesis of enzymes and hormones and also provide energy. The consumption of pulses should be encouraged among children, as they provide the necessary amino acids required for growth. In the elderly, they repair muscle damage.

Protein is an important building block of our body as it is used in strengthening bones, cartilage, muscles, skin and blood.

Why should you consume dals?
With their high fibre content, pulses lower cholesterol levels and protect the heart. They are also an important source of iron and vitamin B in a vegetarian diet.  Pulses are typically low in fat, contain no cholesterol, and are high in folate, potassium, iron and magnesium. They also contain beneficial fats and soluble and insoluble fibre. According to the World Health Organisation, dals are a healthy substitute for meat, which has more fat and cholesterol.

Being nutrient-dense, several servings of pulses in the daily diet are recommended.
When combined with rice or whole grains, their protein value increases.
The soluble fibre in dals helps to lower blood cholesterol, while the insoluble fibre helps to regulate the digestive processes. They are very good in bowel control problems especially irritable bowel syndrome or Traveller's Stomach Bug.
It is a "macro nutrient" that does not store like fat or carbohydrate, meaning that you need to eat regular portions of it at every meal.
Higher intake of protein from pulses is recommended for pregnant women, diabetics and for those on work-out diets.
Recommended for gluten-free diets.

Pulses are the best and cheapest vegetable protein available. So have regular portions of dal in your diet daily!