Top 10 Health Benefits of Lentils (Masoor ki Daal).

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Little lentils are a legume you should consume. They are cheap, filling, easy to prepare, and packed full of essential amino acids and dietary nutrients. It’s no wonder then that lentils are a common ingredient in French and Indian cuisine. Read on to learn about the top 10 health benefits of lentils.

1. Lowers Cholesterol

A growing consensus concludes that daily legume consumption reduces LDL cholesterol. Canadian researchers surveyed 26 U.S. and Canadian studies on the subject and found that people who consume 3/4 cup of legumes benefited from a 5% reduction in LDL cholesterol. Lentils posses over half your daily copper requirement. Copper counteracts the enzyme HMG- CoA reductase, the enzyme targeted by cholesterol medications.

2. Regulates Blood Sugar 

If you are one of the millions of Americans suffering from type 2 diabetes, you need to start eating lentils. Legumes high in soluble fiber like lentils help stabilize blood sugar by lowering plasma glucose and insulin. Lentils are also low on the glycemic index, which means they digest slowly without causing blood sugar to spike. So eat a cup of lentils (or other legumes) a day to lower hemoglobin A1C levels.

3. Facilitates Weight Loss

An age-old question for vegetarians is “how do I get full without gorging on starches?” Veggie-heavy cuisines, like Indian, choose lentils to do the trick. A 1 cup serving contains just 230 calories. That same portion also has 63% of your daily fiber and high amount of protein, both of which keep you feeling full for longer. So eat a flavorful dish of lentils if you want to feel full and maintain portion control.

4. Digestive Aid

Fiber is a non-digestible component of plant food that keeps your digestive system moving.  Doctors suggest your diet consist of 40% high fiber foods to stay regular and avoid constipation. Fiber also keeps toxins moving out of your system and ferments healthy bacteria. As a high fiber food, one serving of lentils will put you in the ideal fiber range.

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