Lentils - the natural weight-loss food

If you are engaged in a nutritional program, there is everything to love about lentils. These wonders of nature not only help you lose weight but they also control your blood sugar levels, which definitively sounds like great news.

However, these are definitively not the only benefits of lentils. They have positive effects on your digestive system, allowing the improvement of your digestive health. 

Lentils are enjoyed all over the world and they are one of the most nutritious meat substitutes. This means that they have a significant amount of protein, as well as a dense texture. Lentils also provide an important amount of essential nutrients.  It is basically a very complete food loved by vegetarians and vegans.

Even though you might not be too familiar with lentils, they have been on the human consumption list for a long time. Evidence of their existence and use in cuisine goes back to the Neolithic time.  In fact, it is considered one of the oldest crops; discoveries show them to be used as long ago as 6,000 to 13,000 years. They have been an important part of Indian and Middle Eastern cuisine for thousands of years. 

Another added benefit of lentils, besides weight-loss, high nutrition, and blood sugar control, is that they are extremely inexpensive. One pound of lentils will cost you only a few dollars. They are an inexpensive way of adding essential nutrients and dietary fiber to your diet without buying expensive cuts of meat. 

Added benefits of lentils include:

  • Protect the heart by lowering cholesterol.
  • Help balance pH levels of the body.  Lentils are usually alkaline.  This property allows them to help maintain the pH level in the digestive system.
  • Improve immunity through its dietary fiber.

 

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