Although it is often said that both lentils and pulses are full of protein, can aid digestion and have a low glycemic index a recent study has also shown that eating them regularly can also aid your weight loss efforts.
What did the study have to say?
A study published in the journal Obesity that included 9 clinical trials and involving 126 participants and more than 2000 papers being screened revealed that eating lentils or pulses once a day could help with your weight loss efforts.
Eating these food types could help increase your feelings of fullness (satiety), and therefore will reduce your need to snack between mealtimes.
According to Dr John Sievenpiper of St Michael’s Hospital’s Clinical Nutrition and Risk Factor Modification Centre in Canada, people felt 31% fuller after eating an average of 160 grams of dietary pulses when compared with a controlled diet.
Dr John Sievenpiper also noted in his results that 90% of all weight loss interventions failed, which resulted in any lost weight being regained. Due mostly to the inability to control hunger and food cravings.
Importance of a low glycemic index
Having a low glycemic index means that the particular food takes longer to be broken down and absorbed, meaning it stays in your system longer therefore reducing your need to snack.
Low glycemic foods have been linked to a lower risk of cardiovascular diseases, blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, stroke and depression
Other benefits of lentils and pulses
As well as the weight loss benefits proven in the study, another study has shown that eating at least one serving of lentils or pulses a day can reduce your LDL (bad) cholesterol levels by 5%, which will help reduce your risk of suffering cardiovascular disease.
With all these benefits, even if you are not trying to lose weight you should still consider adding lentils and pulses to your current diet.