Healthy pulse

| Post published on June 15, 2011
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A refreshingly original long-term study of several hundred elderly women found that a daily intake of pulses and soya products was associated with a significantly reduced risk of functional disability in later life. People with functional disabilities have problems, for example, with going outside the home, keeping track of money and bills, preparing meals, doing light housework, taking prescription medicines in the right amount at the right time, and using the telephone. Pulses (beans, lentils, peas, soya) are a true wonder-food as they contain plenty of healthy carbohydrates and protein, fibre and essential minerals such as calcium, iron and zinc and B vitamins.

Kim,J., Lee, Y., Lee, S.Y., 2011. Legumes and soy products consumption and functional disability in older women. Maturitas. 69 268-272.

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Dr. Justine Butler
I joined Viva! as a health campaigner in 2005 after graduating from Bristol University with a PhD in molecular biology. My scientific training helped me research and write numerous reports, guides and fact sheets for Viva! including Meat the Truth, Fish-Free for Life, One in Nine (breast cancer and diet) and the substantial report on the detrimental health effects of consuming dairy; White Lies. This accompanied Viva!’s report The Dark Side of Dairy which spelt out the inherent cruelty of dairy farming. We were the first UK group to take on the dairy industry in this way, and many of our supporters go vegan after reading these reports.

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