Pasta With a Pulse!

Pasta With a Pulse!

One of the saddest days for a pasta lover is when they are told that they need to go on a gluten free diet or have a wheat allergy. You can no longer have your beloved spaghetti…. Or can you?

Maria’s Noodles is now helping those that can’t process wheat based products with a line of wheat free, artisan pastas located in Kitchener, Ontario. Those that have an intolerance to wheat can now get the same flavor, aroma and texture of their beloved pastas. Instead of wheat flour commonly found in grocery store pastas is replaced with a flour ground from pulses.

Maria’s Noodles creates its pulse-based pasta with just three main ingredients – flour stone ground from chickpeas, red or green lentils as well as water. Making this a pasta with no eggs, wheat and artificial flavours commonly found in pasta products found in the grocery store.

Now you are probably wondering what are “pulses”? Pulses are part of the legume family but are only the small, dried seed portion of the plant. The most common pulses include dried beans, chickpeas, lentils and peas.

What makes Pulse Pasta Better?

From a health stand point, pulses-based pastas score far higher than traditional pasta. If you have to make a lifestyle change, these pastas will allow you keep on track with your health goals with little to no impact on meal preparation. Pulses are very high in protein and fiber as well as low in fat. They also contain high levels of minerals such as iron, zinc, phosphorous, folate and other B-vitamins — all great for your heart health. An additionally benefit of pulses are that they are known to be a slow burning carbohydrate. This for example, it can be beneficial for diabetics as it will help stabilize blood sugar. If you are a gym rat, pulses will increase your energy level but also maintain it so there will be no sudden drop in energy mid-workout.

Look to pulses in pastas for almost twice the amount of cereal grains. Pulses can contain up to 15 grams of dietary fibre, 23% vegetable protein and only 1% fat in each cup. Comparably, pulses contain almost 4 times the amount of fibre than brown rice. Pulses also happen have considerably less sodium, only containing 2mg per ½ cup.

Benefits of Eating Pulse Based Products?

As it doesn’t contain any gluten or gluten byproducts, its ideal for those with celiac disease or those on vegetarian diets as it provided the protein and nutrients that are required for a healthy lifestyle within the limitations of intolerances. It is recommended that an individual consume 3 cups of pulses in a given week. This has been recognized to reduce risk of heart disease as well as certain types of cancers.

An additional benefit to eating pulses, is that although they are high in carbohydrates, they score very low on the low glycemic index. This means that unlike most foods, you will not notice a spike in blood sugars after consuming the pulses or in this case pastas. Ideal for diabetics!

History of Pulses

Pulses have quite an extensive history. Stretching all the way back as far as 7th century BC is the first knowledge of the human race growing pulses in the forms of beans, lentils and chickpeas. Pulses were beneficial for settlers during extensive cruises for examples as you could store them for long periods of time and were easy to cook to survive off of. Fast forward to the 21st Century, the production of pulses has almost doubled to almost 70 million tonnes a year and are now being grown in almost every country. The United Nations recognized 2016 as the Year of the Pulses.

Environmental Impact

Before it even comes to the store shelves or Maria’s Noodles, pulses are already benefiting you and you don’t know. Pulses are a very sustainable for our environment. Greenhouse gases are caused largely by the nitrogen fertilizers however unlike most crops, pulses don’t require fertilization. Pulses will create their own fertilizer from the nitrogen already found in the soil and air. After the crop season, pulses will actually leave nutrients in the soil for future crops as well – all benefiting another crop of pulses or even another crop the following growing season.

From a cost perspective, there isn’t as large an investment as other crops and livestock. Pulses are one of few crops that can continue to grow during periods of drought and are very hearty against frost. For those have a hard time getting their daily protein, pulses in pasta become a very inexpensive way to get your daily intakes compared to sources such as beef, pork or chicken.

Bring the Benefits of Pulses to Your Kitchen

If you’re looking for alternatives to regular store bought pasta, Maria’s Noodles is ready to bring you the many benefits of egg free, wheat free, and no artificial ingredients. These artisan noodles are ready for you and your next meal. Simply substitute them where you would have you used regular noodles to reap the health rewards. Your guest won’t even notice the difference!

 

 

References

http://www.pulsecanada.com/uploads/dI/y5/dIy5UDO9BpWjEAJb3YkQiA/Pulses-are-a-Superfood.pdf

https://pulsepledge.com/about-pulses/sustainable-superfoods/

http://www.pulsecanada.com/food-health

http://pulses.org/

http://www.outsetmarketing.com/mariasnoodles/about/

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