There are dozens of varieties of lentils in different colors and sizes.
The most common ones are orange, green and black (caviar lenses).
Here are three important facts to know about lentils:
1. Lentils are easy to cook and digest (take about 20-30 minutes to cook) because they do not need to be pre-cooked and once they are cooking they soften pretty quickly.
2. They are rich in nutritional values. A cup of cooked lentils has about 170 calories and about 25 grams of protein
3. The fiber, which helps reduce blood sugar and cholesterol levels, contributes to the health of the digestive system and reduces the risk of colon cancer.
What is the difference between orange and green lentils?
Orange lentils are the fastest lentils for cooking, very soft marquees and they become puree very quickly. The special health benefit of orange lentils is folic acid.
A cup of cooked orange lentils provides almost all the recommended daily intake of folic acid.
What can I make with them? Pies, soups, oven pancakes and stews. I tend to use them less in salads because they are very soft.
Black lentils are more solid than the other two lentils and therefore retain their shape even after cooking. They give us a whole treasure of health benefits – vegetable protein, fiber, minerals and vitamins.
I add them mostly to live salads or eat them as an addition to a portion of protein.
Green lentils are the most common and familiar
Their features combine the orange and black lentils benefits, meaning they are soft but also retain their shape.
They have a perfect texture for making patties, soups, and more different dishes.
All types of lentils are great for people who want to maintain their weight, especially diabetics, because the fiber in them leaves you feeling satisfied for many reasons.