Asian food is enticing because of the immensely aromatic and flavorful spices that are added in the dishes. Such is the blend of spices in spicy vegetarian dahl, which is a lentil stew cooked the Indian way. Often, the spices in it are accompanied by clarified butter. Not only do these spices and butter provide an enhanced taste, but they are equally beneficial for your health.
There is a massive selection of lentils out there that you can choose from such as mung beans, yellow lentils, red lentils, black-eyed peas, and chickpeas. All of them come with their share of goodness to heal you mentally and physically. In this article, we are going to share some more about various lentils and how they can ensure your well-being. We will also discuss about a delicious Vegetarian Dahl Recipe.
- Nutritious and Delicious
As delicious as your lentils taste, they are equally rich in nutrients, such as B Vitamins, Magnesium, Zinc, and Potassium. They serve as an inexpensive way of fulfilling the protein requirements of your body as 25% of lentils are made up of proteins. Especially if you are a vegetarian, you will no longer have to rely upon supplements for your protein requirements if you incorporate lentils into your diet.
Lentils, apart from being the powerhouse of nutrients, are rich in fiber content too, facilitating a healthy bowel movement. This ensures a healthy gut function.
The plant compounds in lentils, phytochemicals are known to prevent chronic heart diseases and Type 2 diabetes.
- Polyphenols to Boost your Immune System
Lentils are a rich source of polyphenols, a category of phytochemicals for your immune system. They have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and neuroprotective impact on your body. Some studies also suggest that they also prevent the development of cancerous cells in the body and help to regulate blood sugar levels.
The above has been proven by studies done on animals, but there is still a lack of evidence of these benefits for humans. Then again, one cannot question the credibility of lentils in terms of their health benefits.
- Potential for Better Health Health
Yes, studies have also suggested that lentil can also protect your cardiovascular health by avoiding several risks associated with it. It is said to promote the levels of ‘good cholesterol’ (HDL) in the body, which improves the heart’s function.
Also, the people who stick to lentils instead of beans and chickpeas have reduced blood pressure. Dietary Folate in the lentils is known to prevent the production of homocysteine in the body, which can be harmful to heart health.
Another popularly known benefit of lentils is that even one bowl of vegetarian lentil stew serves as a wholesome meal. So, the people who are suffering from obesity can have lentils as nutritious and filling meals to lose weight. You can try your family’s vegetarian dahl recipe and get cooking for better health.
The advantage of having home-cooked lentils is that you can regulate the type and amount of fat and spices going into it.