Posted by: scorpio | 2009/08/19


Hi Doc, I eat 1/2 cup of lentils for lunch &  dinner + veg + 1 chicken breast. Is Lentils protein or carbs &  is this too much? Thanks.

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Dear Scorpio
Lentils are legumes (like dry beans, peas and soya), which makes them a good source of plant protein. They are usually classified as a protein source, but they do also contain some carbs and dietary fibre, plus vitamins and minerals. The fat content is low and legumes have a low glycaemic index (GI), so they are ideal slimming foods. If you are trying to lose weight then using legumes can assist in keeping your fat intake low and regulating your blood sugar levels. I do not think that 1 cup of lentils in total per day is too much.
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Posted by: Lentils | 2009/08/19

Maximising the benefits of lentils
Lentils, combined with soya, leads to optimal isoflavone levels.

Nutritional values of lentils
Calories 104
Fibre 3,8 g
Iron 3,5mg
Folate 30mcg
Per 100g boiled

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Posted by: John | 2009/08/19

Lentils one of the healthiest foods in the world

Lentils have a low glycaemic (GI) index, which is a rating of carbohydrate-containing foods according to their effect on blood sugar levels. Once consumed low GI foods such as lentils release glucose gradually into the bloodstream, and are therefore the optimal choice for people with diabetes and hypoglycaemia. For those wanting to lose weight, the increased satiety and the fact that less insulin (a hormone that encourages fat storage) is secreted when consuming a low GI diet can result in more efficient fat loss.

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