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Health Benefits of Lentils

July 11, 2008
That lentils are rich sources of protien, we know. But they are also packed with an impressive array of health benefits we should really care for, instead of gobbling up multi-hued pills.
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  • Antioxidants
    Lentils are one of the highest sources of antioxidants found in winter growing legumes.

  • Protein
    With over a quarter of their nutritional content made up of protein, lentils are a huge protein provider, giving the body what it needs to build new cells and repair any damaged tissues.

  • Diabetes
    Diabetics may be interested to know that the soluble fiber in lentils traps carbohydrates. This in turn slows digestion and absorption, which helps to prevent wide swings in blood sugar level throughout the day.

  • Cholesterol
    The soluble fiber in lentils also helps eliminate cholesterol, since it binds to it, reducing blood cholesterol levels. There is also evidence to prove that lentils can slow the liver’s manufacture of cholesterol, which similarly helps to reduce levels in the body.

  • Heart Disease
    The intake of dietary fiber, particularly from lentils has been known to reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.

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