Lentils or dal is one of the rich sources of protein and you must consume it daily but to know how much to eat, refer here.
Why is protein a buzz word today? The answer is simple. Protein is an extremely important macronutrient which plays a huge, in fact, unparalleled role in keeping us healthy, fit and disease-free. Protein from food breaks down to amino acids. We also need enough protein to keep our immunity strong and prevent diseases. Not many people get the connection of protein with strengthened immunity and this is one oversight that can mess up the immunity of so many of us. Know what Kavita Devgan, Nutrition Expert, Tata Sampann has to say about the right amount of lentils to have for proteins:
It’s a sad truth that many of us don’t get enough protein, and are clearly deficient in this life saving nutrient. Common signs of protein deficiency are:
Proactively ensure that the diet is rich in the optimal amount of protein every day, as this nutrient is not stored in the body, so it is needed on a daily basis.
Protein deficiency is rampant today in our country, and there are multiple reasons for it. Lack of information and lack of availability of good protein sources are the two most common ones. Lentils are great source of protein. One must consume good protein, ample fibre and sufficient nutrients to boost their overall health and pulses offer all three of these. Besides, when compared to other protein sources, pulses are cheaper and good in quality. Vegetarians must consume pulses daily to amp up their health. As per Kavita Devgan, 250ml of cooked lentils provide about 15-18 grams of protein which is excellent.
Apart from delivering daily protein, lentils deliver benefits too. Here are some of the best health benefits of eating lentils:
The Indian way of nutrition diktats eating lentils at least once, sometimes twice a day too, and traditional diets followed this religiously. Today though this habit is also being discarded like many other good habits. It’s time to correct this mistake and make them a big part of our diets again. Follow these smart rules for lentil eating to ensure that they deliver Sampan Sehat.
While choosing lentils, always check for unpolished pulses. The ones that look bright and appealing might be polished and unsafe for health. They may have a shining smooth surface which makes it easier for you to distinct them. Unpolished pulses are less shiny and slightly rough but they are packed in nutrients.
It’s time to take lentils seriously as a good source of protein, as lack of protein could actually prevent you from leading your most efficient life, both personal and professional.
With inputs from Kavita Devgan, Nutrition Expert – Tata Sampann
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