Masoor Dal or Lentils (Red/orange/pink lentils) is one of the most common pulses in any Indian kitchen. Masoor dals are a common source of amino acids, potassium, iron, fiber and vitamin B1 for vegetarians and no meal is complete without serving dal at home or sadhya. It also helps to control sugar level and lower cholesterol.
Some of the different types of Massor Dal or Lentils are:
- Red/Orange/Pink Lentils or Masoor Dal
- Indian brown Lentils or Sabut Masoor Dal
Nutritional value of Masoor dal - One cup or 160 gram of cooked masoor dal 260 calories, 0.53 g fat, 5.32mg sodium, 27.36mcg folic acid, 5.77mg of iron, 439 mg of potassium, 52.44mg calcium, 56.24 mg of magnesium, 7.82g of fiber, 44.84g of carbs, 2.35mg of zinc, 222.68mg of phosphorus, .34mg of B1, 0.14mg of B2, 2.20mg of B3, 205mcg of vitamin A
Some of the Health Benefits of Massor Dal or Lentils are:
i) Lowers Cholesterol - Due to the high percentage of dietary fiber, It helps to rid of the cholesterol, effectively lower cholesterol and increase blood flow thus keeping the heart-healthy.
ii) Anti-aging Properties - It has abundant antioxidants that reduce the cell damage thus maintaining young and beautiful skin. It also boosts the immune system and also useful as an anti-aging supplement for everyone.
iii) Healthy Vision - It is a good source of vitamins A, C, and E and that is vital for keeping healthy vision or eyesight.
iv) Helps Weight Loss - It has a good amount of carbohydrates, vitamins, proteins, and high fiber content that slow the digestion process, provides essential nutrients that keep you healthy and aid weight loss.
v) Control Blood Sugar Level - It contains dietary fiber and low glycemic index that helps to slow down digestion and control sudden raises in the blood sugar level.
vi) Face Pack - It can help in getting glowing, spotless and healthy skin by applying face pack by grounding masoor dal, rose water and turmeric that will help to remove dark spots, wrinkles, tan, etc. If you add milk to the pack, it will help to remove dry skin.
Some of the Side Effects of consuming Masoor Dal - excessive consumption of masoor dal can lead to amino acids, gas from potassium toxicity, kidney ailments, and some people can even have an allergy.
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