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Lentils are a powerhouse of nutrition. They are a good source of potassium, calcium, zinc, niacin and vitamin K, but are particularly rich in dietary fiber, lean protein, folate and iron. Lentils are not only one of the oldest commonly consumed legumes in history, but they are also one of the simplest to prepare since they don’t require a lengthy soaking time like other beans. Some people may experience flatulence and abdominal discomfort when initially adding legumes like lentils into their diet.

People who are deficient in iron may develop anemia or neurological problems like attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. The iron in plant-based foods like lentils is nonheme iron, a form of iron that is not absorbed as easily as the heme iron in meat, poultry and fish. You can increase the amount of iron you get from lentils by eating the legumes with meat or with a rich source of vitamin C. Serve lentils in meat-based soups or braises, or toss them into salads featuring dark, leafy greens and orange or grapefruit segments.

Some of the health benefits of lentils are as follows.

  • Lentils aid in maintaining a healthy immune system and also help in protecting against cancer.
  • Selenium-rich lentils are believed to benefit people suffering from chronic arsenic poisoning.
  • The folate present in lentils protects against coronary heart disease as it in the blood. Folate also prevents birth defects, making it very good for pregnant women.
  • The dietary fiber content in lentils provides almost a third of the daily requirements, and lentils are absorbed slowly, which keeps sugar levels low and also provides energy for a longer time.
  • Lentils reduce the risk of heart problems and help in the functioning of the digestive system, keeping away constipation at bay.
  • Lentils are also helpful in lowering cholesterol levels.
  • Lentils are rich source of iron, and it is a good alternative for vegetarians and vegans.
  • Protein content in lentils is as high as 26%, which means they can adequately meet protein requirements.

When having surgery we recommend a lite food diet. Add lentils to this diet, have it in soups.

 

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