The potent power of pulses

CONSUMPTION of legumes averages only 10g a day, according to the most recent Australian Health Survey, and this is well short of dietary advice.

Legumes include all forms of edible beans and peas, such as dried or canned butter beans, haricot (navy) beans, red kidney beans, mung beans, lentils, chickpeas, snow peas, peanuts, green peas and bean curd (tofu).

Patients can be advised initially to eat legumes two to three times a week, although four or more times is best for reducing chronic disease risk.

One serve as a vegetable side dish equals