Why lentils are good for you

November 1, 2019

lentils on wooden spoon on white background

Why are lentils good for you?  Oh, let me count the ways!

Besides being a tasty ingredient in many soups, stews, and vegetarian dishes, they can be good for your health, our planet’s health, and your wallet!

Good for you…and the planet

Lentils are an excellent source of fiber which helps keep us feeling full and satisfied, contributes to a healthy gut microbiome, can help lower cholesterol and manage blood glucose levels.  The fiber in lentils also helps prevent constipation and reduce the risk of colon cancer.

They are also are a good source of plant-based protein.  If you’re trying to reduce your meat consumption to improve or protect your health or because you are concerned about climate change and the health of our planet, lentils and lentil soups can be a very good option for you.

Along with protein and fiber, lentils also contain other micronutrients including potassium and iron.  If you’re following a semi-vegetarian, vegetarian, or vegan lifestyle adding lentils into your eating plan can help you meet your body’s need for this important nutrient.

Are you are gluten-free?

If you have a medical condition such as celiac disease or gluten intolerance that requires you to follow a gluten-free diet, getting enough fiber can be challenging.  Lentils, as well as other gluten-free grains and legumes can help.

Another advantage of including lentils in a gluten-free diet is that they are an excellent source of folate.  Unlike most crackers, breads and cereals that contain gluten, this important micronutrient is not added to many gluten-free items sold in the United States.

Good for your budget

Since many of us do need to consider what our grocery bill is, I am always on the lookout for budget-friendly, healthy foods.  Lentils, especially dried ones, certainly fit that description.  Compare the cost of 15 grams of protein from lentils to the cost of 15 grams of protein from most meat and dairy sources and you’ll see what I mean!

Try this recipe

Ready to try them for the first time?  Or looking for a quick and easy lentil soup?  Try my recipe!

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