Whether it was prepared in the form of stew or porridge, the lentil is a complete meal, as it provides a significant amount of herbal proteins, minerals, and vitamins, as well as high-quality carbohydrates, which give a long-lasting feeling of satiety. The lentil has a low glycemic index and contains an abundance of nutrients, primarily minerals magnesium, iron, potassium, calcium and phosphorus, B-complex vitamins and beta-carotene, as well as amino acids lysine and tryptophan. Herbal fibers positively influence digestion and reduce the level of cholesterol and blood glucose, so lentil is recommended for people with increased cholesterol, diabetics and people prone to constipation. This lentil is also a good choice if you suffer from anemia, or you experience obstructions in the work of the neurological system.
People with more sensitive digestion may have bouts of inflammation. So they are advised to prepare lentils in combination with root vegetables (carrots, celery, parsnips). It can also be combined with cereals, which are also rich in carbohydrates. This old legume was one of the main products of the Indo-European nations. Thousands of years before the beans from America reached its peak. Because of this, we have more types and variants available today.
Red type is softer than other types of lentil, so it is quickly digested and suitable for preparing porridge, puree. Due to the characteristic color it is used in salads as a decorative but also a very important nutritional element. You can buy it peeled, but also with a brown peel, which is a little longer cooked.
This lentil keeps the structure longer and does not boil fast, which is the case with the previous type. It is used for cooking, dishes, stew. Taste is intensified if used in combination with lemon juice, vinegar or fresh ginger. It has a yellow or brown color in a dehydrated form.
This type has a characteristic flavor, with a strong, elastic membrane requires longer digestion. The black lentil contains tannins, substances that suppress the inflammatory processes in the body. And the use of this type is a good prevention against a range of degenerative diseases such as arthritis, cardiovascular disease, and even cancer.