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What We Love About Lentils

As many westerners are shifting toward more plant-based diets, one of the most commonly asked questions is how do you get enough protein in your diet? Well, with lentils, which are a pulse crop, they are low in fat and high in protein and fiber, making them a nutritious, filling addition to any meal.

Lentils are also diverse and can be used in a wide variety of foods including salads, soups and rice bowls, and can be pureed for spreads.

Here are some reasons you should incorporate lentils into your diet today:

High soluble fiber content – As a result of their fiber content, lentils can help reduce blood cholesterol, which in turn lowers risk of heart disease and stroke. Further, the dietary fiber helps with digestive health, preventing constipation and other digestive disorders.

Good source of protein – Lentils are one of the top protein-rich foods in the legumes group. Lentils are great for a vegetarian or vegan diet.

Good source of vitamins and minerals – Lentils contain plenty of vitamins and minerals. Instead of chicken noodle soup next time you’re feeling under the weather, opt for a lentil soup.

Low in fat – One of the best things about lentils is that they are very low in fat but because of the high levels of fiber and protein, they still leaving you feeling full and satiated afterward.