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Good Food America's Nathan Lyon Shares His Love For Lentils

In one of the recent episodes of Good Food America, Nathan Lyon visits Cafe Gratitude, a vegan restaurant in LA, California. Here, the chef demonstrates his best-selling recipe of Indian curried lentils with sauteed spinach and brown rice. “Lentils are great because they are very high in protein, and very low in fats,” says Lyon. Let’s take a look at some of the many health benefits of lentils.
  • Lentils, a small but nutritionally mighty member of the legume family, are a very good source of cholesterol-lowering fiber.
  • Not only do lentils help lower cholesterol, they assist in managing blood-sugar disorders since because they help prevent blood sugar levels from rising rapidly after a meal.
  • Lentils also provide good amounts of six important minerals, two B-vitamins, and protein.
  • They are very low on fat, so you can have them in bigger amounts without guilt.
Canned or dried, lentils are an economical choice. While lentils share many health benefits with their legume cousins, they are much easier to prepare—lentils need no pre-soaking, and cook in 30 minutes to an hour. Of the varieties, red lentils cook the fastest, as they are sold with their hulls removed. Briefly rinse lentils before cooking. Go on, use some lentils in your soups, salad, dips and casseroles.