Are Lentils Good For You?
Lentils are one of the first foods that people associate with a plant-based diet, and they’re used in many cuisines and cultures for the most delicious and hearty dishes. We breakdown whether lentils are good for you and what nutrients it gives.
What are lentils?
Lentils are a pulse that originates from Asia and North Africa, and research has shown that it is one of the earliest food sources to humans dating back thousands of years. Lentils come in several varieties, though the most common are puy, brown, red, yellow, green and beluga.
Do lentils have any nutritional value?
Lentils are nutritiously very dense, as they are:
- High in protein — it is made up of 25% protein alone
- Good source of minerals including magnesium, zinc and potassium
- Good source of B vitamins
Are lentils good for you?
Lentils are a great plant-based source of protein, and it is an inexpensive pulse that provides a lot in the way of nutrients. It is also very filling and high in fibre, promoting good gut health. It is absolutely a force for good when eaten in a balanced diet.
By Toni Olukiran
Toni is one of our lovely Content Marketing Assistants, and when she’s not writing posts about everything from Jamaican cooking to vegan champagne, she’s making a Spotify playlist (she was at 200, at her last count) or playing tennis in the park.