Whether you want a vegetable protein source during fasting or you simply want to eat a healthy diet, lentils represent a great choice. A tasty legume, lentils may be included in salads, vegetable side dishes, purees, pilaf or Middle Eastern food such as Lebanese dishes.
Lentils – their types and benefits
Etymologically, the name of the lentils (lens) comes from Latin. They obtained this name because of their slightly rounded shape. There exist several types of lentils such as red, green, brown and black lentils, and they come in various sizes.
What are the general benefits of consuming lentils?
Lentils are rich in proteins – besides soy, lentils are considered the richest source of vegetable proteins. Lentils should be included weekly in the diet of vegetarians and of those persons who are fasting.
Lentils are rich in antioxidants – especially brown and black lentils are full of antioxidants and biologically active substances with detoxifying, rejuvenating and energy replenishing effects. Thus, lentils become a great ally in combatting fatigue, during strenuous work and in states of physical or mental asthenia.
The benefits of brown lentils
Brown lentils are the richest in vegetable proteins. They also contain B complex vitamins (B1, B2, B5, B6, B9). It is recommended to consume brown lentils during fasting, in drastic weight loss diets, to fight constipation and in periods of greater strain.
The benefits of red lentils
Red lentils are rich in beta carotene and they favor the regeneration of the body and the tissues after a trauma. They also help maintain the health of the eyes and the skin.
The benefits of green lentils
Among all types of lentils, green lentils are the richest in folic acid and energizing substances, vitamins and minerals. They are also recommended in fighting asthenia, in periods of convalescence or recovery, and in periods of high physical or intellectual strain. Green lentils chase away tiredness and act as an excellent energizer
The benefits of black lentils
Black lentils are rich in antioxidants and proteins, and they are recommended in detoxification cures. They also fight constipation, and they detoxify the liver.