Tired of eating fish and meat? Not liking to eat fish and meat anymore? Thin lentils (dal) and mash potato or potato fries with it, a wonderful combination of food. Many of us like to eat this food instead of fish and meat sometimes. We usually eat something very light in the morning. There is not much time to cook in the morning as we are in a rush for school or office. We can easily cook lentil as it takes less time to cook but provides us healthy protein.
There are two types of lentils. 1. Lentils with husk 2 Orange color lentils without husk. Those who are vegetarian can get protein by eating lentils.
Nutritional elements of lentils
Among the high protein-rich foods, lentils are on the top. When combined with a grain of flour similar to brown rice, it can meet the demand for the same quality protein as meat. Lentils contain more than 25% protein, so we can choose lentils as an alternative to meat. Lentils is a great source of iron. Following are some important nutrients in lentils:
- Calories: 25
- Carbohydrates: 1.5 g
- Protein: 1.5 g
- Fat: 1.5 g
- Fiber: 1.5 g
- Niacin: 5% (RDI)
- Vitamin B6: 3% (RDI)
- Outcome: 5% (RDI)
- Pantothenic acid: 5% (RDI)
- Iron: 5% (RDI)
- Magnesium: 5% (RDI)
- Phosphorus: 5% (RDI)
- Potassium: 20% (RDI)
- Zink: 3% (RDI)
- Copper: 20% (RDI)
- Magnesium: 5% (RDI)
Extraordinary health benefits of lentils
One of the most well-known food ingredients in Bengali cuisine is lentils. High in fiber lentils regulate intestinal motility and promote healthy gut bacteria. In addition, it contains many beneficial plant compounds called phytochemicals, many of which can protect against chronic diseases such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Below are some of the more important health benefits –
Great for the Heart:
Speaking of the health benefits of lentils, the first thing that comes to the viewport is the heart. Lentils keep the heart healthy as it can reduce the risk of several heart diseases. An 8-week study of people with type 2 diabetes found that eating 1 gram of lentils daily increased the levels of “good” cholesterol (HDL) and decreased levels of “bad” cholesterol (LDL) and triglycerides.
Stop growth of cancer cells:
Lentils contain a large amount of polyphenols. Polyphenol is a powerful antioxidant. Polyphenols contained in lentils can stop the growth of cancer cells.
One cup of lentils contains 5% iron, which can meet one-third of our daily requirements. Having lots of iron helps to cure anemia..
If we apply the blended lentils on the face, the pimples and acne of the face are reduced as well as the brightness of the skin increases.
Helps to increase strength:
Lentils are very nutritious and a great source of protein. It helps increase energy levels.
Prevents Diabetes & Colon Cancer:
Fiber on lentils keeps our stomach full. As a result, the appetite is less and the weight gain also less. It lowers blood cholesterol levels and prevents diabetes and colon cancer.
Useful for pregnant mothers:
Lentils contain lots of potassium, folate, and iron. Folate and iron are both essential ingredients for pregnant mothers. Folate plays an important role in the development of the baby. The iron helps to relieve fatigue.
Having a lot of beneficial sides, there is a bad side to the lentils. Excess lentils can form gas to some people. Those who have gas problems, they should try lentil in a moderate amount.