About Lentils - Whole Red
Lentils fall into the category of legumes, and have a row of seeds enclosed by a fibrous shell. Whole grain rice is rice that has the germ, endosperm and bran intact, and as a result is considered a whole grain. Lentils and whole grain rice are nutritious alone. By pairing them together, you get a healthy, nutrient-packed side dish
Legumes such as lentils are high in dietary fiber at 16 grams per cup; whole grain brown rice contains just 2 grams in a cup. Fiber is either soluble of insoluble. Lentils contain a higher amount of insoluble than soluble fiber, and whole grain rice contains more soluble than insoluble. Eating the two together gives you a good balance of each. Soluble fiber forms a gel in the stomach, helps reduce cholesterol and promotes stable blood sugar levels. Insoluble fiber creates bulk in stool, which helps it pass easily and prevents constipation and other intestinal disturbances.
The integumentary system consists of the skin, hair and nails. Protein is a key macronutrient needed for integumentary strength, and it also helps with immune function and muscle growth. Amino acids are known as the building blocks of protein. Foods that have all the essential amino acids present are called complete proteins. Foods that lack one or more essential aminos are called incomplete. Pairing two incomplete protein foods together, such as lentils and whole grain rice, will form a complete protein. This is important if you happen to be a vegan or strict vegetarian. Even if you were to eat lentils and brown rice at different times of day, they still help build protein in the body.
Lentils and whole grain rice contain moderately high amounts of B vitamins. These water-soluble vitamins help break down fat, carbs and protein into usable energy. They are particularly high in B-6, thiamin and niacin. Each one has 10 percent or more of the daily recommended value per cup. Lentils also have a high folate content. The B vitamins also play a pivotal role in red blood cell formation, nerve function and digestion.
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