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Bringing Pulses To The Olympics

Saskatchewan Pulse Growers (SPG) staff was in Vancouver last month promoting Saskatchewan-grown pulses and encouraging everyone that entered the Saskatchewan Pavilion at the 2010 Olympics to eat more Saskatchewan lentils.

“Partnering with the Government of Saskatchewan to showcase our province was a great opportunity for SPG to promote lentils and agriculture in Saskatchewan. Our intent over the 20 days was to encourage people they need to start eating more Saskatchewan grown lentils because of their health benefits,” says Amanda Olekson, Communications Manager at Saskatchewan Pulse Growers. Lentils are an agriculture success story in Saskatchewan with 99 per cent of Canada’s lentils being grown in the province.

Lentils are a great source of protein, fibre, iron and folate. “These little seeds from a legume plant known as a pulse are packed with power and are a low-cost, healthy food choice,” explains Olekson. “They are low in fat and contain no cholesterol or salt, making them a heart healthy food choice.”

The Saskatchewan Pavilion was located in downtown Vancouver and drew in close to 200,000 visitors over the course of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. The Pavilion was set up to showcase Saskatchewan’s industries, economic and employment opportunities, landscape, tourism, sport and cultural identify and artistic endowment. For more information about Saskatchewan’s involvement at the 2010 Winter Games go to www.saskpavilion.ca.

For more information about the health benefits of lentils and Saskatchewan Pulse Growers visit www.saskpulse.com.

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