Health and performance benefits of a pulse-based diet for soccer players during regular season play

  • Beans
  • Chickpeas
  • Lentils
  • Peas
  • University of Saskatchewan

Lead Investigator(s)

Dr. Philip Chilibeck

Lead Investigator(s) Institution

University of Saskatchewan - College of Kinesiology


To examine performance effects of a pulse-based diet for soccer players compared to their regular diet. To determine the health benefits of a pulse-based diet in soccer players.


A pulse-based diet is a healthy strategy for improving performance in soccer players. Players were able to run 7% greater distance for a given time played during games while they were on the pulse-based diet. The pulse-based diet also lowered total cholesterol to high density lipoprotein level (a marker of heart disease risk) by 25%.

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Duration/Timeline of Project (Year to Year)

2013 - 2015


Western Grains Research Foundation

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