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Lentil Nutrition starts with it been an excellent meat supplement and ends with the fact that lentils are easily digested as a soup or mash, makes it a nutritious meal for the elderly, the sick and babies.
The Lentil is a biblical food, going back to some 6000 BC! It was found in the pyramids, in the tombs of the Egyptian Pharaohs and is mentioned in the Old Testament.
The ancient Romans believed that lentils were a cure for diarrhea and conducive to an even temper.
Lentils as we have mentioned are an excellent source of folate which is a B Vitamin also known as folic acid.
According to research they are good prevention boosters for those with a family history of colon cancer.
Researchers have found that individuals with a higher intake of folate were less likely to have suffered a heart attack than those with a low intake of the B Vitamin.
Folate is responsible for lowering levels of an amino acid called homocysteine. While the body needs homocysteine to produce muscle and bone tissue, in large amounts, it can injure blood vessels, causing hardening of the arteries.
High homocysteine levels are an important contributor to heart disease.
Lentils are a good source of the folate required, and homocysteine levels can be brought down easily with modest amounts of folate in the diet.
Too little zinc can lead to a drop in infection-fighting white blood cells, which can increase your risk of getting sick.
Despite the proven powers of zinc, we still don't seem to get enough of it. And this is where the lentils come into it.
1 cup of lentils has 3 milligrams or 20% of the daily value of zinc required to help keep our immunity strong.
Research suggests including more folate-rich foods in your diet as it has been found that people suffering from depression are very often deficient in the B Vitamin.
Lentils are a great source of folate and ½ Cup of cooked lentils contains 179 micrograms of this B Vitamin which is 45% of the daily value required.
Try having your lentils in a delicious soup or an easy and simple to make salad.
85g of cooked lentils are believed to reduce cholesterol an average of 10%.
It is also believed to regulate blood sugar levels and an excellent food for diabetics.