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How nutritious is the everyday dal?

Dr. Shweta U. Shah

Dr. Shweta U. Shah
27 March 2020

This article is authored by Dr. Shweta U. Shah. A practicing homeopath, she follows a patient-centred perspective, emphasizing the benefits of natural remedies and herbs, homeopathy and whole food nutrition.

High in blood glucose-lowering and cholesterol-lowering fibre, low in calories, and filled with nutrition, dals are perfect in every way! Cooked well, dals make for nutritious, hearty and truly enjoyable meals. They are an integral part of Indian cuisines and no thali is complete without a dal. Some of the most common dals include moong, masoor, urad, and toor.

The wonders of lentils!

Dals are without a doubt the most ideal high-protein, high-fibre food that ought to be a part of your daily food. They are an excellent way to slip in nutrition without having to give up on flavour. When you buy dal, make sure that you select those that are unpolished such as Tata Sampann.

Benefits of dals

Fabulous health benefits of dal!

  • Fantastic source of good protein: Dals provide a whopping amount of good quality protein. 26 % of lentil calories are because of protein and this makes dal an excellent source of protein for vegetarians and vegans.
  • Brings down cholesterol levels: Lentils help diminish blood cholesterol given its high content of soluble fibre. Maintaining a good lipid profile greatly decreases your risk of developing heart diseases and ensures that your arteries do not get occluded.
  • Good Heart Health: Chock full of fibre, dals significantly lower your risk of heart disorders and stroke. Lentils are loaded with magnesium and folate which contribute to good heart health. Magnesium boosts the flow of blood, and consequently that of oxygen and nutrients through your body; while folate reduces homocysteine levels - a big risk factor for the occurrence of heart diseases.
  • Weight Loss: Lentils are low in calories and contain practically no fat. 1 cup of boiled lentils proffers approximately 230 calories, and leaves you feeling fuller for longer. In fact, boiled dal for weight loss is a great option.
  • Prevents fluctuations in blood sugar: The soluble fibre of dal fences in the carbs, slows down digestion and stabilizes blood sugar levels. Lentils are touted as the wonder food to manage diabetes effectively.
  • Optimal functioning of the GI tract: The insoluble fibre adds bulk to the faeces and prevents constipation, flatulence, and irritable bowel syndrome keeping your digestive system in top form!
  • Peps up Energy levels: The complex carbs of dals provide a stable, slow-burning source of energy. They are also packed with iron, which conveys oxygen all through the body and is very vital to the production of energy.

Unquestionably, dals are the ideal legumes to eat in curries, soups, salads and sprouts. It is very easy to be drawn towards lentils since they are easy to cook and are a trouble-free accompaniment to any dish. They have a distinctly high nutritional profile and everyone can benefit by integrating dal into the daily diet.

 

 

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