Updated: Nov 20, 2020
Lentils provide selenium which helps decrease the rates that tumors grow. It may also improve a person's immune response to infection by stimulating the production of T-cells that kill decease. Highly beneficial for the heart and a plentiful source of fiber, folic acid and potassium. According to the American Heart Association, increased fiber intake can reduce levels of low-destiny lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol or bad cholesterol. Lentils provide a large amount of folate which is critical for preventing neural tube defects in newborns.
One cup provides 230 calories, 18g of protein, and 16g of fiber.