5 Reasons You Should Be Eating More Lentils!

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Around here, we believe lentils are magic! They are our “not-so-secret superfood” ingredient that makes Broma extra nutritious with 6g of complete protein.

 

5 Reasons You Should Be Eating More Lentils: 

 

Supports Digestive Health

Lentils are rich in both soluble and insoluble fiber. Soluble fiber helps to regulate our blood sugar while Insoluble fiber aids in digestion and helps to prevent both constipation and colon cancer. Lentils additionally support gut health by providing prebiotics that feed and keep our gut flora healthy and happy

Keeps your Heart Healthy
The soluble fiber in lentils plays a role in keeping our hearts healthy while providing a significant amount of folate and magnesium. Just 1 cup of cooked lentils contains 90% of your recommended folic acid intake for a day. Magnesium helps to improve the flow of oxygen through your bloom stream and also protects against heart disease

A Rich Source of Plant Protein
Did you know that lentils are the third highest in protein (by weight) of any legume or nut? In fact about a third of the calories in lentils come from protein making them a great source of plant based protein. Protein is important for supporting your metabolism, growth, and development.  

    Provides Important Micronutrients + Antioxidants 
    Micronutrients are important for cellular health and supporting the immune system. Lentils happen to be a great source of Iron, Magnesium, and Zinc. Antioxidants destroy free radicals (cancer-causing agents) and reduce damage to your body’s cells. Adding more lentils to your diet will help to provide you with antioxidants like Vitamin A and Vitamin C. 

      Protects Against Chronic Disease
      Studies have shown that eating lentils on a regular basis can reduce your risk of diabetes, cancer, obesity, and heart disease. This is all thanks to the prebiotics, antioxidants, and micronutrients we’ve already discussed. In addition, they also contain protective plant compounds known as phenols and tannins. 

         

         

        Ready to get more lentils into your diet? You’re in luck. Broma’s organic dark chocolate almond butter is the perfect vehicle for getting more lentils into your day. 

         

         

        By: Kiki Huddleston

         

        Sources

        “Lentils.” The Nutrition Source, Harvard School of Public Health , 6 July 2021, https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/food-features/lentils/.

        ProjectOpenHand. “5 Reasons Why You Should Eat Lentils!” Project Open Hand, https://www.openhand.org/blog/5-reasons-why-you-should-eat-lentils.

        Nutritionist, Kerry Torrens –. “Top 5 Health Benefits of Lentils.” BBC Good Food, https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/top-5-health-benefits-of-lentils.