"Pulses like lentils, chickpeas, and beans all offer anti-inflammatory benefits that help keep your body running at its best! Pulses are a recommended food for hearth health, cancer prevention, and diabetes management," says Shaw. What's more, "In part due to their combination of soluble and insoluble fiber, regular pulse consumption can lower cholesterol and steady blood sugar. Since we know elevated blood pressure and high cholesterol can cause and exacerbate inflammation in the body, focusing on a diet rich in pulses can help you feel better and lead a healthier life," she explains.
There are so many ways to cook with them. Create a topping for avocado toast, use them in a chili, bake them for a lighter brownie, or add them to a smoothie, says Shaw.