Nutritional and health benefits of legumes and their distinctive genomic properties

Ciencia E Tecnologia De Alimentos, vol.39, no.1, pp.1-12, 2019 (Journal Indexed in SCI Expanded)

  • Publication Type: Article / Review
  • Volume: 39 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Title of Journal : Ciencia E Tecnologia De Alimentos
  • Page Numbers: pp.1-12


Legumes are indispensable for human diet in respect to their valuable and nutritive bioactive molecules. Legumes and derivative
foodstuffs are rich in fiber, proteins, vitamins and some valuable phytochemicals, which exhibit important biological activities.
Due to their remarkable molecular content, they are receiving great attention by researchers. Recent developments in genomics
and bioinformatics led to cumulative data about legume genomes. These data could provide important information to accelerate
breeding and to develop new traits for biofortification. The main focus of this review is to present their distinctive genomic
properties by summarizing significant studies conducted with relatively newly developed techniques revealing the beneficial
effects of bioactive molecules from legumes on human health