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26 Apr 2003

ARE LENTILS BETTER THAN PASTA AND RICE?
I have been eating lentils that I buy in a tin (in brine) in place of pasta and rice. Is this a better GI choice and will it help with weight loss? What other value does it have?

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01 Jan 0001

Dear Kings
Lentils and other legumes are excellent sources of plant protein, dietary fibre and a variety of vitamins and minerals, plus they don't contain any cholesterol and have a low fat content (good for slimming). According to my table of GI, green canned lentils have a GI of 74, while macaroni and spaghetti have a GI of 62-64, and brown rice has a GI of 79, so the pastas are actually a better GI choice. If you buy dry lentils and cook them they have a GI of 41 (more work, but an improved GI).
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