Lentils contain some of the most gut-nourishing varieties of fiber out there. They are so rich in prebiotic fiber that they create a feast for good guys in your gut flora, helping to regulate the healthy bacteria that is essential for a not only a high-functioning immune system but also optimal mental well-being. That’s because the brain and the gastrointestinal (GI) system are intimately connected. Studies link gut health to the immune system, mood, mental health, autoimmune diseases, endocrine disorders, skin health, and cancer.
So, whether you’re working toward building better immune health or improving your mental well-being, consider adding more lentils to your diet.
Lentils are a great way to bulk up soups, salads, stews, and pastas. Take our “Vera’s Deconstructed Lasagna,” for example. Tender red lentils are layered between the decadent whole wheat noodles.