Pulse consumption in Canada: Analysis of pulses in the Canadian community health survey

  • Beans
  • Chickpeas
  • Lentils
  • Peas

Lead Investigator(s)

Dr. Harold Aukema

Lead Investigator(s) Institution

University of Manitoba - Dept. of Human Nutritional Sciences


To identify demographic characteristics of Canadian adult pulse consumers, evaluate diet quality, and determine if health outcomes or weight status is related to pulse consumption.


An increased intake of pulses is associated with higher intakes of fibre, protein, carbohydrate, folate, magnesium, iron, potassium, and zinc in Canadians, leading to improved diet quality including a reduced risk of lifestyle-related diseases in adults such as diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and some cancers. The inclusion of pulses in the Canadian diet would also assist in overall weight reduction and control.

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Duration/Timeline of Project (Year to Year)

2009 - 2011