Nutritional Benefits of Lentils
 
Featured in: General Health  |  March 8, 2017

Rediscover the Nutritional Benefits of Lentils

By Corinne Garcia   |   Edited by Elena Doxey

It’s time to get excited about lentils. No, it’s not a joke. In fact, there are several varieties of lentils that not only pack a powerful nutritional punch, but can improve your overall health and well-being.

Superfood Benefits

Lentils do not discriminate. Whether you’re looking to lower your cholesterol, lose weight, or control your blood sugar, the power is real. Overall, lentils are a warrior against some of the leading causes of health problems today.

Heart health

Excellent source of folate and magnesium and have a high fiber content, which all contribute to good heart health.

Digestive health

Contains insoluble dietary fiber, incorporating them into your diet can help prevent digestive disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome and diverticulosis.

Keeps blood sugar in check

Helps stabilize blood sugar levels in diabetics, insulin-resistant patients and those suffering with hypoglycemia.

Lowers Cholesterol

High levels of soluble fiber help reduce blood cholesterol, keeping your arteries clean and reducing your risk of heart attack or stroke.

Packed with Protein

Contains the third highest level of protein among all legumes and nuts, and make up 26 percent of the calories.

Lose the weight

Low in calories and contain almost no fat, making them a great option to include into your weight loss plan.

More energy

Packed with complex carbohydrates and fiber that allow the body to increase steady, slow-burning energy. It’s also a good source of iron which helps with energy production and metabolism.

Economical and Easy to Prepare

You’re probably saying that their bland flavor leaves a bad taste in your mouth, but the truth of the matter is that blandness is the beauty of its culinary versatility. It’s the perfect low-calorie, high-protein food that takes on any flavor you challenge it to. Lentils work well in a variety of dishes and in almost any type of cuisine.

If you’re not already sold on lentils for their nutritional benefits and versatility, you should know that they are inexpensive and easy to prepare.

Don’t be afraid to get creative. Try a new soup or side dish recipe that includes lentils and see for yourself how amazing they taste.  

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