Making Carbs Count





The Global Pulse

Confederation (GPC) is

head quartered in Dubai

and licenced under

the Dubai Government

authority, Dubai Multi Commodity Centre

(DMCC). GPC is the not for profit peak

body for the whole global pulses industry

value chain. As the sole international

confederation for the industry it enjoys

membership from 18 national associations

(federations) and over 600 private sector

members in an industry worth over $100

Billion at the retail level and over 60

million tonnes in pulse production and

distribution in over 55 countries.

The organisation represents the

common good of all sectors of the global

pulse industry value chain from growers

and researchers, through input and

logistics suppliers, traders, exporters

and importers to government bodies,

multilateral bodies, processors, canners

and consumers.

GPC works for transparency and

sustainability in all sectors and aspires to

contribute in as many ways possible to

global food security and improved health

and nutrition. MAKING CARBS COUNT

What's a pulse?

To be specific, pulses are annual

leguminous crops yielding between one

and 12 grains or seeds of variable size,

shape and colour within a pod, used for

both food and feed. The term 'pulses'

is limited to crops harvested solely

for dry grain, thereby excluding crops

harvested green for food, which are

classified as vegetable crops, as well as

those crops used mainly for oil extraction

and leguminous crops that are used

exclusively for sowing purposes.

Pulse crops such as lentils, beans,

peas and chickpeas are are a vital source

of plant-based proteins and amino acids

for people around the globe and should

be eaten as part of a healthy diet to

address obesity, as well as to prevent

and help manage chronic diseases such

as diabetes, coronary conditions and

cancer; they are also an important source

of plant-based protein for animals.

In addition, pulses are leguminous

plants that have nitrogen-fixing properties

which can contribute to increasing soil

fertility and have a positive impact on the


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