Nutrition: the top 5 health benefits of lentils

  • Kerry Torrens, nutritionist
  • Good BBC food

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Lentils provide protein, fiber and many minerals.

High in fiber and a great source of plant-based protein, lentils add substance to a meal, but are they good for you? Nutritionist Kerry Torrens explains their main health benefits.

What are lentils?

Lentils (lens culinaris) are edible seeds, which are part of the legume family and come in different colors: red, green, brown, yellow and black. Like other members of the legume family, they grow in pods.

Quick to prepare and good value for money, lentils are a rich source of nutrition. They provide protein, fiber and many minerals.

Nutritional benefits of lentils

A 100 gram serving of green / brown (boiled) lentils provides:

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