Red lentils are small, disk-like seeds that look like split peas but slightly smaller in size. They cook quickly (10 to 20 minutes) which makes them perfect for soups but you can do a lot more than that with them. In this article, you’ll find out about the different types of lentils and also learn a bit about the nutritional benefits of lentils.
Just one cup of cooked lentils provides numerous and necessary nutrients. Almost 18 grams of protein, 15 grams of fiber, and 20% of the daily vitamin B needed all come in one cup of cooked lentils. Red lentils are an excellent source of polyphenols including procyanidins and flavanols, and many act as antioxidants that protect cells from oxidative stress and reduce inflammation in the body.
Lentils provide a good source of dietary fiber which is important for heart health. Fiber can help lower cholesterol levels, control blood sugar levels and keep you feeling full longer so you’re less likely to overeat later. Lentils are high in folate, which is important for red blood cell formation. Healthy red blood cells will improve circulation and prevent anemia. They’re also a good source of magnesium, phosphorus, copper & manganese that all support heart health. 17% of the daily value of magnesium, 43% of the daily value of manganese, and 55% of the daily value of copper all come in one cup of cooked lentils.
Protects against Cancer
Red lentils may offer protection against cancer due to their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Their fiber content may also help protect against colorectal cancer, especially as a plant-based protein substitute for red meat.
On top of all of the wonderful health benefits, lentils can really make a soup sing. Order now online or visit us at our Thousand Oaks or Agoura Hills locations and try our brown lentils w/ kale or any of our delicious soup options.