Nutritional benefits of lentils green microgreens
The lentils green plant is rich in nutrients, vitamins and minerals, including:
- folic acid (vitamin B9);
- vitamins B1, B2 and B3;
- vitamin C.
Health benefits of lentils green microgreens
- High in protein: promotes muscle development. Widely used as a protein source in vegan and vegetarian diets;
- high in iron: helpful for treating any anemic conditions, including during the menstrual cycle;
- high in dietary fibre: the sprouts are rich in fibrous starch which aids digestion, helps to lower cholesterol, and is good for the heart. It can also reduce the risk of blocked arteries and stroke;
- antioxidant properties help fight free radicals and lower the risk of cancer;
- antioxidants also promotes brain health and may reduce the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s;
- low glycemic index (GI): helps to regulate insulin and blood sugar levels, aiding weight control and lowering the risk of heart disease and Type 2 diabetes;
- digestive health: relieves gastro-intestinal conditions and reduces the risk of colon cancer;
- promotes eye health, reducing the risk of cataracts;
- promotes cardiovascular health;
- an excellent natural source of essential minerals and vitamins;
- ideal for vegan and vegetarian diets;
- ideal for gluten-free diets and for those with celiac disease;
- suitable for those who are lactose-intolerant.
Taste and use
Lentils green seedlings are a nutritious, delicious and versatile food that can be used in all kinds of dishes. They can be used in pasta dishes, salads or combined with other vegetables and cereal-based dishes such as barley or rice.
Try a mixed salad of barley and spelt, with sautéed courgettes and boiled carrots, flavoured with turmeric and fresh lentil sprouts. Garnish to taste with a few fresh mint leaves and ground pepper.