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Pulses are the edible seeds of plants in the legume family and always grow in pods. Beans, lentils peas and chickpeas are a staple in diets all over the world – for example Indian dal, traditional Chinese and Japanese foods using mung, adzuki and soya (edamame) beans, Mexican bean chilli and burritos, Spanish fried beans, African rice and bean dishes, British mushy peas and a myriad of European lentil and pea recipes.  Apart from being very nutritious and super sustainable, pulses also have some splendid effects on our health. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations declared 2016 as the International Year of Pulses in order to increase public awareness of their nutritional benefits and to highlight how sustainable their production is.
Navigating through the endless varieties of fruit drinks can be mind-boggling. Are smoothies better than juices? How about nutrients in juices and smoothies? Do smoothies count towards your five-a-day or, ideally, eight-a-day? And are all types of juice the same nutritionally? Here are your answers in a neat package:
It is claimed that honey can prevent, treat and cure all manner of ailments to from acne to worms! But how much is true and how much is just hype?
By Amanda Woodvine   Old age shouldn’t mean ill heath! Simple lifestyle changes can improve your chances of a long and healthy life, as nutritionist Amanda Woodvine explains as she shows you how to…