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Nutritional benefits of winter pulses with special emphasis on peas and rajmash

Parihar, A. K., Bohra, A. and Dixit, G.P. (2016) Nutritional benefits of winter pulses with special emphasis on peas and rajmash. In: Singh, U., Praharaj, C.S., Singh, S.S. and Singh, N.P., (eds.) Biofortification of Food Crops. Springer New Delhi, pp. 61-71.

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Currently, half of the global population is experiencing the severity of nutritional insecurity. In this context, food legumes lie central to the strategies established to combat against the problem of micronutrient malnutrition. Among rabi food legumes, peas and rajmash offer a wide range of health benefits which are attributed to their inherent qualities including higher protein content and enhanced concentration of essential nutrients. The health benefits of these two crops are also evident from the fact that a regular supplementation of diets with peas and rajmash helps in reducing the risks associated with coronary heart diseases and cardiovascular health problems. Similarly, higher fibre content in these pulses prevents unreasonable rising of blood sugar level in the human beings. This article outlines the growing importance of peas and rajmash especially in combating global malnutrition with their potential health benefits through consumption and biofortification and also explores the possibilities to shift the dietary pattern/habits to enhance the nutritional status of the population worldwide.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Publisher: Springer New Delhi
Copyright: © 2016 Springer India
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