Lentils have become a staple in my diet because they are one of the best foods to eat for both weight loss and muscle growth. Extremely tasty and low in calories with a high nutrition profile that is perfect for anyone looking to live a healthier lifestyle.
100 grams (cooked) = 0.4g Fat
20g Carbs 8g Fibre 9g Protein / 116 Calories
Below Are The 4 Health Benefits You Will Reap When You Eat Lentils:
Improves Your Heart Health
Eating high fibre foods such as lentils reduces your risk of heart disease. Lentils contain a great amount of folate and magnesium. Folate lowers your homocysteine levels and when that is too high it is a serious risk factor for heart disease, magnesium improves your blood flow and having low levels of magnesium directly associates with a higher chance of heart disease. In addition, lentils help reduce blood cholesterol and having lower levels of cholesterol is known to reduce your risk of heart disease/stroke by keeping your arteries clear.
High Fibre Content
Lentils are one of the highest fibre foods which means that it takes your body a much longer time to break it down making you feel fuller for longer, so you will be less inclined to overeating and having a urge to snack. Furthermore, insoluble dietary fibre can help prevent constipation and other digestive disorders: Click Here To Find Out How Much Fibre You Exactly Need Everyday
High Protein Content
Out of all the legumes (the fruit or seed of such a plant) and nuts lentils contain one of the highest amounts of protein. This makes them one of the best sources of protein for vegetarians and vegans. One problem with plant based protein is that they are incomplete. They don’t provide all of the 20 essential amino acid proteins required by your body. So in order to complete the protein you will need to eat other plant based proteins including beans and white/brown rice with your lentils. Additionally, high protein diets have been proven to be one of the best when it comes to reducing body fat while maintaining and building lean muscle mass.
Increases Your Energy
Lentils contain a high amount of iron, which is responsible for transporting oxygen throughout your body and without iron there will not be enough energy produced. Having a higher amount of energy will benefit your daily routine because it allows you to be more productive at whatever you do for longer.
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