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Pulses: Dietitian Toolkit
Educational resources, recipes and more.


A recent study published by Colorado State University professor, Henry J. Thompson et al, showed that bean consumption...

Posted by Crops For Health at Colorado State University on Monday, September 11, 2017

Report calls for promotion of pulses
A special issue entitled “The Potential of Pulses to Meet Today's Health Challenges”, recently published in the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, underscores the health benefits of pulse consumption and how collaborative partnerships can help increase public awareness.

2016 International Year of Pulses: Bean There, Done That!

Highlights of the International Year of Pulses.

Pulses: Nutritious seeds for a sustainable future
Information on pulses in an easily digestible format plus 30 pulse recipes.

International Year of Pulses Ends
The International Year of Pulses (IYP) has officially ended, but the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) vows to keep the momentum going.

Popularity of Pulse Crops Posied to Grow
Farmers are beginning to see the benefit of adding pulses to crops rotations.

Want Great Longevity and Health? It Takes a Village

WSJ article - "The cornerstone of every longevity diet in the world was the humble bean".

Your Contribution to the California Drought
NY Times article comparing water requirments of various foods. Beans have one of the lowest water requirements. Yet another reason to eat beans!

Eat Beans to Live Longer

Increased Lifespan from Beans

Beans and the Second Meal Effect

January 18th #GlobalPulseDay


2016 Bean Field Day


The other Inconvenient Truth


BeaNice bean drinks

Not only can you eat beans, but now you can drink them them too. A new company has brought to market bean milk (navy beans and water) drinks in a variety of flavors. These drinks are currently being marketed in select Whole Foods Market locations on the west coast. To view the nutritional information, click on the image to expand.

Previous Breeding Beans to Fight Breast Cancer: An Interview with Dr. Henry Thompson and Mark Brick
IFT interviews Colorado State Univeristy breast cancer researcher, Dr. Henry Thompson and plant breeder, Dr. Mark Brick regaring their collaborative research on beans and cancer prevention.

30 Heat-Tolerant Beans Identified, Poised to Endure Warming World
Recent climate change models estimate that warmer temperatures could decrease the global growing area for beans as much as 50% by 2050. CIAT looked at more than 1000 varieties of beans and found 30 that thrive in warmer temperatures.
Developing Beans that can Beat the Heat

Famers see growth potential for ‘functional’ vegetables
Researchers from the agricultural department at Tamagawa University in Japan are using LED technology to produce "functional" (enhanced nutrition) vegetables. Exposure to different LED lighting conditions can alter both the nutritional value and taste of vegetables. In addition, the plants grow faster, thus enabling harvest in as little as two weeks.

World Interest in Nutrition Builds Momentum for International Year of Pulses (IYOP)
Cancer Researcher, Dr. Henry Thompson on pulses. “Food has very powerful effects on our health. I think we’ve lost sight of that. If you look at the American plate today, pulse crops have pretty much disappeared, and that’s not okay." He sums up by saying, "My mission is to get people to focus on the importance of food and to get agriculture to produce the best foods that can possibly be put on the table.”

The Cancer Prevention Properties of Beans
CSA News Magazine article - Dr. Henry Thompson and Dr. Mark Brick discuss the health benefits and cancer prevention properties of dry beans.

Crops For Health: A Vision for Agriculture as An Instrument of Public Health Can It Save Your Life?

“Ancient solutions could help in fight against cancer”

Henry's Top 10 List (eat healty/live healthy)

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Beanificial Recipes

Beaneficial Recipes

Beans are a wonderful source of protein and we are just now starting to understand the health benefits or should we say beanefits in relation to chronic disease prevention. We have received a number of requests for bean recipes. The Crops For Health team is proud to release Beanefical Recipes, a collection of over 50 bean recipes. Enjoy! Updated 7/30/12

Red Beans and Yams

A Crops For Health® version of the Dr. Seuss classic, Green Eggs and Ham

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"Evolutionary Tree of Plant-based Foods"

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Crops For Health® is a unique transdisciplinary research program the goal of which is to improve the disease prevention characteristics of food crops, thereby reducing chronic disease morbidity and mortality. The focus of the program is on the major staple crops of the world’s population: dry beans, corn, potatoes, rice, and wheat. Specialty crops are also investigated.

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