Lentils

I feel lentils are way underrated.

  • With approximately 26% of their calories from protein, lentils have the third-highest level of protein, by weight, of any plant-based food after soybeans and hemp.
  • Lentils are very rich in folic acid (folate).  They contain more of this important B vitamin than any other unfortified plant food. In addition to protecting against coronary artery disease by lowering levels of homocysteine in the blood, folate helps prevent birth defects. And folate coupled with vitamin B6 (also plentiful in lentils) may help reduce women’s risk of developing breast cancer.
  • Lentils contain both soluble and insoluble dietary fiber.  (Soluble fiber is the kind that protects the heart by lowering cholesterol levels, most people don’t get enough heart healthy fiber in their diet and lentils provide an easy way to add fiber.  The same soluble fiber found in lentils also helps to moderate blood sugar levels and promote digestive health.)  Thanks to this fiber, your body absorbs the energy from lentils slowly, which helps keep blood-sugar levels even.
  • Lentils are very high in Vitamin C and the B vitamins, and contain eight of the essential amino acids.
  • Lentils contain many trace minerals.
  • Lentils are one of the highest sources of antioxidants found in winter growing legumes.
  • Although rich in amino acids, the standard building blocks of protein, it does lack two essential amino acids, isoleucine and lysine.  This means that other protein foods with these missing amino must to be added to the diet to form a complete protein.  This can be accomplished by eating lentils with brown rice or another protein rich grain.
  • A single serving of lentils provides sixty percent of the daily quota for iron, a mineral that vegetarians often lack sufficient quantities of.  Lentils deliver this impressive amount of blood-fortifying iron especially when paired with a food containing vitamin C, such as citrus fruits or peppers.
  • You can enjoy an entire cup of lentils and take in only a little over two hundred calories.
  • Lentils are helpful for weight loss since their high protein and fiber content promote a feeling of satiety.

…. eat some lentils.

Lentil Dahl with Bean Sprouts and Watercress

Boulder Soup Works makes an amazing red lentil dahl which is vegan, organic, dairy-free, and gluten-free.

It comes in 3 cup servings for $8.

A bit pricey but well worth every penny!

We flash stir-fried some bean sprouts and water cress with Bragg Amino Acids and Bragg Olive Oil as our salad.

This was a tummy treat.



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