About Me

My photo
Loving God more. Loving others more. Living obediently in Christ.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Lentil soup

Lentils are mild in flavor, protein rich, high fiber, filling and easy to digest.  For those who have trouble digesting beans, lentils are the best choice within the bean family.
We enjoyed a visit with "soon-to-be" family members over the weekend.  It was refreshing to be able to eat someone else's cooking and know that it was whole food and plant based to accommodate our dietary changes.  Some new recipes were put together for us and I now have a new menu item for our rotation of meals at home.  This lentil soup recipe, from www.allrecipes.com, has become a new favorite soup.   

The hostess who made the soup for us made a couple of additions that tweaked this recipe with fantastic flavor.  She added one teaspoon of ground cumin and the juice of one lemon. FANTASTIC!

Insulin like growth factor
One great health benefit from eating beans comes from the bean's ability to lower the insulin like growth factor 1 (IGF-1) in the blood.  Insulin like growth factor is a hormone, secreted by the liver, which inhibits the death of unhealthy cells - allowing flawed cells to grow and reproduce.   IGF, therefore, contributes to the growth of cancer cells and to advanced aging.  Eating animal protein elevates IGF-1.  Eating a plant based diet which includes beans helps to keep IGF-1 at normal levels and gives the body cancer fighting powers!

No comments:

Post a Comment