Lentils: The Ultimate Source of Vegan Protein
Vegan Nutrition from Lentils
The health benefits of lentils include a high protein content, improved digestion, a healthy heart, diabetes control, control of cancer, weight loss, a solution for anemia, and better electrolytic activity due to potassium. It is good for pregnant women, the prevention of atherosclerosis, and it helps in maintaining a healthy nervous system. They are an excellent source of vegan protein.
What Exactly is a Lentil?
A lentil is an edible pulse or seed that belongs to the legume family. These mostly consist of two halves covered in a husk. They are also one of the oldest known sources of food, dating back more than 9,000 years.
There are a variety of different types including yellow, black, red, brown, mung bean, yellow split peas, and French green lentils. Each country has its own native group of lentils, which are more or less similar and provide the same benefits.
Lentils are an inexpensive source of vegan protein. They are a rich source of essential amino acids like isoleucine and lysine. They are also a good source of micronutrients such as vitamins and minerals.
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Lentils contain the highest amount of protein originating from any plant. The amount of protein found in lentils is up to 35%, which is comparable to red meat, poultry, fish, and dairy products. They contain carbohydrates (15-25 grams per 100 grams). They are a good source of dietary fiber and also have a low amount of calories. Other nutritious components found are molybdenum, folate, tryptophan, manganese, iron, phosphorous, copper, vitamin B1, and potassium.
They are also another source of phytochemicals and phenols. Both of these organic chemicals are known to provide health benefits, but the mechanism behind their work is yet to be determined. Often, lentil nutrition and meat are compared for their effectiveness and it’s clear which power plant wins the competition.
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Create amazing vegan dishes with lentils for a nutritional boost, try our Mouthwatering Vegan Taco Recipe, and Easiest Green Curry for fun ideas of how to incorporate them into your meals! The amazing resource for parents, Ask A Plant Based Dietitian also helps provide affordable meal planning and 24/7 access to vegan registered dietitians.