Lentils are powerful nutrition!  Nutrient-dense legumes, they are a good source of Calcium, Potassium, Zinc, Niacin and Vitamin K.  Because they don’t require lengthy soaking time, Lentils are much easier to prepare than most others in the bean family.  

Eating plenty of nutrient-dense foods like Lentils is an excellent strategy to LIVE YOUNGER.  Lessen your risk of many chronic medical problems by harnessing the incredible benefits of Lentils.  One of history’s oldest commonly consumed legumes, Lentils boast four key gifts:  

  1. Excellent source of lean protein:  With 18 grams of protein per cup, Lentils are an excellent choice when comparing the fat content of other sources of protein such as beef or chicken.  The Archives of Internal Medicine reported in April 2012 that substituting lean protein sources for red meat could lower your overall risk of death from cancer, heart disease, and other chronic diseases.  Lentils lack some essential amino acids required for building proteins; therefore, combine them with high-quality grains like rice or quinoa to get what your body needs.
  2. Superior fiber source:  Lentils are outstanding sources of both soluble and insoluble fiber.  Insoluble fiber doesn’t dissolve in water and regulates bowel movements, improves digestion, and may significantly decrease the risk of breast, colon, throat, and esophageal cancers.  Soluble fiber helps lower blood sugar and aids in insulin sensitivity.  Consequently, foods like lentils may help prevent stroke, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and high LDL cholesterol.
  3. Nearly 100 percent of daily folate:  In just one cup of cooked Lentils, there are 358 micrograms of folate, with the daily requirement for adults being 400 micrograms for adults.  Also known as Vitamin B9 or folic acid, this essential nutrient aids in energy production, supports nerve health, and is necessary for making new red blood cells.  Not getting enough dietary folate can be devastating with an increased risk of cancer, depression, heart disease, vision problems, and hearing loss.  It is especially important in pregnant women, who need 600 micrograms of folate daily for the health of their unborn child.  
  4. Fantastic source of iron:  Our bodies use iron to produce red blood cells and ATP.  People who are iron-deficient can experience neurological problems like ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) or anemia.  The iron in plant-based foods like Lentils is not as easily absorbed as that in beef, poultry, and fish.  Serving Lentils with meat or with rich sources of Vitamin C will increase the body’s absorption of this essential nutrient.  

Lentils are powerful nutrition.  START SOMEWHERE today experimenting with them in salads and soups.  LIVE YOUNGER with the power of whole foods, created to give our bodies what they need to thrive.  You can do it.  I will help you.   

Lentils Are Powerful Nutrition

Lentils Are Powerful Nutrition