Nutritional Content Of Lentils: Unique Health Benefits Of Eating Dal

Glossary of Pulses and Lentils: 5 Types of Dal and Their Health Benefits

Tavishi Dogra
Written by: Tavishi DograPublished at: Aug 11, 2020Updated at: Aug 11, 2020
Nutritional Content Of Lentils: Unique Health Benefits Of Eating Dal

Glossary of lentils and pulses: Lentils are an integral part of our plate. They not only supply the necessary vitamins and minerals in our body but also help us to maintain good health. There are many types of lentils, but only a few of us like them. There can be many reasons behind this, but it should be kept in mind that all pulses are beneficial for us. With this article, we are informing you about five such pulses, which have unique advantages. So let's know which lentils are more beneficial for you.  

Green Moong Dal: Green moong dal is also known as washed moong dal. Moong dal is very light to eat, and it is effortless for you to digest it. You must have noticed that patients or sick people are advised to eat moong dal khichdi in food. It not only keeps your stomach light but also improves your digestion.

Unique advantages of moong dal

  • Do you know that consumption of moong dal also helps in reducing extra cholesterol stored in the body? 
  • Use of moong dal helps in increasing the amount of iron,  fibre, and protein in pregnant women. 

Urad dal: After the moong pulse, the lentils which people like to eat the most is known as urad dal. Do you know that this lentil is also known as the second most favourite lentil of the people? Urad dal is not only rich in taste but also has many nutritious properties. 

Unique Advantages of Urad Dal

  • A right amount of iron is found in urad dal, due to which the burning sensation in urine and other problems are overcome.
  • Urad dal kheer can also be consumed to improve and increase the amount of iron in the body.

Masoor Dal (Red Lentil): Red-coloured lentils are not less than a treasure trove of fibre and protein. Consuming masoor dal helps in eliminating all digestive diseases. Do you know that red lentil pulse also helps in relieving stomach problems?

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Unique advantages of masoor dal

  • People who are anaemic should consume masoor dal as it works to fulfil the deficiency of blood in the body. 
  • Drinking lentil soup helps in curing diseases of throat and intestine.
masoor dal

Toor/Arhar Dal: In such a variety of pulses, do you know that toor dal as the most favourite pulse amongst the people? Hence, arhar dal is given the title of 'queen of pulses'. Consuming toor dal not only helps to keep your body healthy but also supplies us with the necessary vitamins and minerals. Arhar dal contains nutrients like potassium, protein, vitamin A, B12, sodium, carbohydrates.

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Two unique benefits of Toor Dal

  • If the wound (on any part of the body) is not drying, then grind the leaves of toor dal and apply it on the wound. Doing this helps in drying the wound.  
  • Grinding raw arhar dal in water and drinking it helps in relieving toxins. 
chana dal

Chana Dal (horse gram): Plenty of fibre and protein is found in horse gram. Chana dal helps in keeping your body healthy as well as providing adequate energy. Consumption of horse gram is considered more beneficial for the youth because it is effective in removing protein deficiency in the body. 

Unique Advantages of Chana Dal

  • Consumption of chana dal is considered very beneficial for diabetics and heart patients because it is deficient in cholesterol. 
  • Consumption of chana dal is considered very beneficial for people suffering from problems like anaemia, jaundice, constipation.
Conclusion: Do you know that lentils are one of the best-known sources of proteins? Do you know it comes with plenty of other advantages as well? But you have to be careful while overeating dals. Lentils can also cause damage to our system and calls for the production of uric acid in our body if consumed excessively. So go easy on them.

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