Pulses as Culturally Important Foods among University Students in Canada

Kristie Masuda

Abstract


Pulses such as beans and lentils are culturally important foods in different countries/regions due to their traditional role in dishes, which may be a result of a combination of their nutritive qualities, low cost, and ease of storage. Despite the cultural, health, and monetary benefits associated with eating pulses, pulse consumption in Canada is low. The present study attempted to address whether cultural factors influence pulse consumption among university students in Canada. Results showed that 59% of respondents’ cultural identities do not impact their food choices, and just 29% indicated that pulses are part of their traditional diet.


Keywords


pulses, beans, lentils, culture, traditional diet, university students

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5539/jfr.v7n5p1

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