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Are pulses – beans, peas, chickpeas and lentils – considered to be a vegetable as well as a meat alternative?

Q. Are pulses – beans, peas, chickpeas and lentils – considered to be a vegetable as well as a meat alternative? We recognize that pulses are a good source of protein and when paired with a cereal grain they provide a balanced source of protein. However pulses are plant material and they are rich in nutrients found in vegetables, including fibre and folate. The US MyPyramid considers pulses to be a part of both the vegetable and meat alternative subgroups. I don’t see them promoted as part of the More Matters program. Could they be promoted as a vegetable in ad campaigns?

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