Tag: Legumes

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How to train your brain to love healthy foods

4 December, 2017 1 Comment

It’s a well-known fact that regularly consuming foods that are high in sugar, fat or salt increases your desire to eat these foods. A recent study looked at whether a repeated exposure to healthier foods could in the same way increase their palatability and our desire to consume them.

2016: International Year of Pulses!

The United Nations declared 2016 International Year of Pulses. Beans, lentils, peas, and chickpeas have been part of the food basket for centuries, because people around the world recognize their appeal as nutritious, versatile foods that can play an essential part in healthy diets.

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How to reduce the flatulence caused by pulses

It’s a fact, pulses (legumes) tend to induce flatulence, but you should certainly not avoid them, as they are very nutritious. They are significantly rich in vitamins and minerals, protein, soluble fiber, which is beneficial for cardiovascular health, and have a low Glycemic Index, ideal for keeping you fuller for longer. In brief, they are […]

Rediscovering dried peas

20 October, 2012 No Comments

Once very common in the basic Quebecois diet, dried peas had become so neglected that the younger generations are not familiar with them at all. And yet this is a delicious and nutritious food that could be rediscovered in our traditional pea soup. It could also be mixed with curry, cumin and coconut, as it […]

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Beans of all colours

24 March, 2012 No Comments

Beans have been cultivated for over 8,000 years in Central and South America, and they were immediately adopted by Spanish “conquistadors” who valued their easy transport and storage, as well as the fact that they are highly nutritious. From Europe, these legumes then quickly spread to Africa and Asia, where they have been part of […]

So…what about soy?

Usually towards the end of a one-on-one dietary counselling session I will often be asked, “so…. what about soy?  After hearing the same question various times, I think it is time to set the facts straight.  Is soy cause for concern? Should we be avoiding soy? Should we be consuming more soy? Let’s find out!

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Benefits of soy

11 April, 2011 3 Comments

Soy is a food that has a high nutritional value. In fact, 1 cup of cooked soybeans contains the same amount of proteins as 100 grams of meat, poultry or cooked fish. And the proteins in soy, unlike other legumes, are considered to be ‘complete’. Moreover, like all legumes, soy has no cholesterol and it […]

A vegetarian… hamburger?

Originally published in the Journal de Montréal on May 27, 2006. This week, to make a change from the same old ground beef hamburger, try out this little delicacy that pleases vegetarians as much as carnivores. Some legumes for texture and proteins, spices to enhance the taste and tomatoes, as they are pleasing to the […]

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Preparing your own “hummus”

14 February, 2011 3 Comments

It’s very easy to prepare your own “hummus”. All you have to do is to blend some chickpeas and “tahini” (sesame seed paste) with some lemon juice, garlic and olive oil in a food processor.

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Chickpea, a Canadian legume

29 January, 2011 No Comments

The chickpea is one of the most cultivated legumes in the world. It is part of the daily diet in the Mediterranean region, the Middle East and India. It was first cultivated in 7000 BC in Turkey and has since been traditionally grown in rotation with durum wheat in semi-arid soils.

Lentils: The Truth About Puy

21 January, 2011 No Comments

People say that lentils represent life in India. In Italy, because their shape resembles coins, they are eaten on the first day of the New Year, in order to ensure prosperity all year long.