Lentils have been part of human diet from ancient times. This chapter focuses on the nutritional composition, presence of bioactive substances, antioxidants and health rendering properties of lentils. Recent definitions have considered lentils as a prophylactic and therapeutic functional food due to its considerable content of essential macronutrients, namely functional proteins and carbohydrates, and essential micronutrients, as well as bioactive phytochemicals such as phytates and polyphenols. Indeed, the presence of an impressive arsenal of secondary metabolites, minerals and bioactive constituents in lentils have shown to be promising contributors in the management and prevention of several human chronic diseases, attributed to their anticarcinogenic, hypoglycemic, hypocholesterolemic and bloodpressure lowering properties.
|Title of host publication||Exploring the Nutrition and Health Benefits of Functional Foods|
|Number of pages||31|
|ISBN (Print)||1522505911, 9781522505914|
|Publication status||Published - Jul 22 2016|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Health Professions(all)