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