Benefits of lentils
The richness of the nutritional composition of lentils makes them great allies for health.
- LIGHT AND VERY NUTRITIOUS
Lentils are almost totally fat-free, so, contrary to what is sometimes believed, they are a light foodstuff that provides only 250 kcal per dish (about 80 grams of dried lentils).
This makes them suitable for weight control menus. Cooked simply, as in vegetable stews or in salads, they can be the basis for very nutritious and tasty menus.
- PROTECT THE NERVOUS SYSTEM
Lentils benefit the nervous system due to their content of B-group vitamins, especially B1, B2, B5, B6 and folic acid. With cooking, part of their contribution is lost, but if they are taken in sprouts it is increased.
The recognized iron richness of lentils justifies their indication in case of iron deficiency. To enhance their assimilation, they should be eaten with a food rich in vitamin C, such as a salad with red peppers or an orange for dessert.
- CHOLESTEROL UNDER CONTROL
The soluble and insoluble fibre in lentils (10% of their weight) absorbs cholesterol, preventing it from reaching the bloodstream.
In addition, lentils contain phytates and antioxidants with an anti-cholesterolemic effect, improving cell metabolism and the use of fatty acids as a source of energy for the cell.