The following is a list of the many benefits a serve of lentils can provide to you!
DECREASE CHOLESTROL – Lentils have a high level of fibre, which in turn helps to reduce cholesterol and subsequently reduces your risk of heart disease and stroke, by ensuring the arteries are free from plaque build-up!
HEALTHY HEART – The folate and magnesium in lentils have a big impact on your heart health! Folate reduces your homocysteine levels which are a serious risk factor for heart disease! Likewise, Magnesium improves blood flow which increases the delivery of oxygen and nutrients throughout the body! Low levels of Magnesium have a direct correlation with heart disease, so eat up!
FANTASTIC FIBRE – Loaded with fibre, lentils contain 4 grams of fibre per 100-gram serving, which ensures your digestion is optimal, your blood sugar levels are stable, your energy levels are sustained and weight loss is obtained!!
Here are some of my favourite uses for lentils:
[if !supportLists]· [endif]Add to salad
[if !supportLists]· [endif]Add to soup
[if !supportLists]· [endif]Stirred through a pasta sauce! LENTILS BOLOGNAISE!
[if !supportLists]· [endif]Simply added to a lunch bowl with brown rice! (COMPLETE PROTEIN)
Some of the not so happy side effects that can occur if you overdo it are:
FLATULENCE – Due to their high levels of fiber, excess servings of lentils can cause flatulence, as fiber is not digested in the small intestine and must be broken down into gas by the large intestine. In addition, lentils contain anti-nutritional elements that the body cannot digest, such as hemagglutinins, oligosaccharides and trypsin inhibitors. When too many of these anti-nutritional elements are consumed, excess flatulence occurs, along with stomach cramping and intestinal discomfort from the gas released during fermentation!
EXCESS LYSINE - Lentils contain lysine, an essential amino acid that aids in the maintenance of growth, the preservation of nitrogen, the absorption of calcium and the conservation of lean body mass. Though, if you consume high quantities of lysine, this amino acid may cause gallstones, increase your cholesterol levels, and result in kidney impairment – so watch out!
HYPERKALEMIA – Lentils are high in the micronutrient, potassium, which contributes to the functioning of the heart, the nerves and the muscles. However, when excess potassium enters the bloodstream, hyperkalemia can occur, which can cause symptoms such as fatigue, weakness, irregular heartbeat, respiratory problems, vomiting, tingling and numbness! NO THANKS!
Ingredients. Serves 2
- 1 cup lentils, canned
- ½ cup cherry tomatoes, sliced
- ¼ cup basil, chopped
- ¼ cup feta, crumbled (optional)
- Salt and pepper
- 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
Literally add it all to a container, place the lid on and SHAKE. SHAKE. SHAKE. SHAKE. SHAKE. SHAKE. (shake your booty hehe)