#HealthTip 21 of 30# – LENTILS – A healthy Protein for Vegetarians
*#HealthTip 21 of 30#*
#LENTILS – *_A healthy Protein for Vegetarians_*
Lentils are edible pulses or seeds that belong to the legume family.
*_Some of the popular kinds of lentils include Black lentils, Red lentils, Brown lentils, mung bean, yellow split peas, yellow lentils, French green lentils, black-eyed pea, kidney beans, soya beans, and many more varieties_*.
Lentils with a high protein content are considered a cheap source of protein.
One very good way to have lentils is after they have sprouted because sprouted lentils contain methionine and cysteine.
*👉Nutritional Value of Lentils*
Lentils contain the highest amount of protein originating from any plant. The amount of protein found in lentils is up to 35%, which is comparable to red meat, poultry, fish, and dairy products. *Lentils contain carbohydrates* (15-25 grams per 100 grams). They are a *good source of dietary fiber* and also have a *low amount of calories*.
*👉Health Benefits of Lentils*
*🔶_Good for Muscle Generation_*: Our organs and muscles need a constant supply of protein for repair and growth of the body. Lentils, especially sprouted lentils, contain all the essential amino acids that are needed by our body for good muscle-building.
*🔶_Controls Diabetes_*: Dietary fiber found in Beans and Legumes food helps in controlling blood sugar levels. Dietary fiber slows down the rate at which food is absorbed by the blood and thus maintains the sugar level constantly.
*🔶_Improves Digestion_*: As lentils contain high levels of dietary fiber, it improves digestion if consumed regularly. It also helps in easy bowel movement, resulting in decreased constipation.
*🔶_Healthy Heart_*: Lentils, with their negligible amounts of fat, are an ideal source of protein without adding any extra fat to the body, thereby promoting a healthy heart.
*🔶_Prevents Atherosclerosis_*: Consumption of lentils provides a supply of antioxidants that decreased the chances of developing atherosclerosis.
*🔶_Counteracting Cancer_*: A separate type of plant protein originating from foods like lentils, wheat, peanuts, peas, and soybeans have a great influence on cancer cells.
*🔶_Good Source of Folic Acid_*: Lentils are a good source of Vitamin B-complex, such as folate or folic acid. The consumption of folic acid by pregnant woman helps in preventing birth defects.
*🔶_Weight Management_*: Regular consumption of lentils can help in weight control and increase satiety.
*🔶_High Iron Content_*: Lentils contain high amounts of iron, which is needed by the body for optimum hemoglobin production. About 36% of the iron of the Daily Recommended value can comes from eating 1 cup (200 grams) of lentils every day.
*🔶_Boosts Metabolism_*: Lentils are a good source of many vitamins, including vitamin B3, which plays a significant role in boosting the digestive and nervous systems.
*👉A Few Things to Consider*:
Although lentils are good for your health and are the best alternative for meat, poultry, and fish, they also have *_few disadvantages_*, which include:
*🔶_Risk of Kidney Stones_*: Some lentils such as soy beans, soy foods, peanut butter, and re-fried beans, contain high concentrations of oxalate compounds which are responsible for the formation of kidney stones. Therefore, individuals who have kidney stones should stay away from legumes and lentils.
*🔶_Risk of Kidney Diseases_*- Excessive protein consumption can pressurize kidneys in flushing out those excess proteins in the body.
*🔶_Formation of Gas Due to Fermentation_*: After entering the digestive system, lentils start fermenting and subsequently release gas.
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