Lentils are one of the most nutritious and versatile plant-based proteins. A cousin to peas and beans, lentils are packed with delicious health benefits. They are super low-fat and boast high amounts of protein, fibre, calcium, iron and other nutrients.
They’re also amazing in traditional dishes like curry or soup, but also blended into veggie burgers, sauces, casseroles or as a stand-alone vegetarian main.
But lentils also come in a variety of colours, such as brown, green, red and all different shades in between. So, it can be confusing to choose a particular colour and see how each specific variety makes a difference in your next family dish.
At Rosevale Lentils, lentils are our greatest passion. We help explain the differences between red and French lentils, so you can prepare your next dish with confidence.
With colours ranging from gold to orange to actual red, red lentils are the sweetest and nuttiest of the lentils.
Red lentils provide bright colour to your dishes. As they are thinner and more fragile, they tend to break down quickly in the cooking process.
This means red lentils are often used for thickening soups, purees, stews and casseroles. You can also often find red lentils in Indian and Middle Eastern dishes.
French lentils are a variety of green lentils and are rich in antioxidants, iron and magnesium. They can be pale or mottled green-brown in colour with a glossy exterior.
What sets them apart from standard green lentils is their slightly darker hue and smaller size — they’re about one third the size of standard green lentils.
French lentils hold their shape extremely well — better than pretty much any other type of lentil — so they are the ideal contender for salads as well as light soups.
Their flavour is also slightly different to other types; it’s a bit nutty and peppery, with a slight earthy flavour.
At Rosevale Lentils, whole red lentils are our heroes, while we produce French lentils to a lesser extent.
Aside from their slight differences in calorie, carb and protein values, red and French lentils have very similar health benefits.
Both are protein-rich, plant-based foods, which gives them a unique set of positive nutritional properties.
Low-fat proteins such as lentils are essential for growing, building, repairing and maintaining tissues in blood, skin, bone and muscle cells.
Protein is also a particularly satiating nutrient and may be able to keep you full for longer than carb or fat-rich foods, which can be important if you’re watching your weight.
Finally, both red and French lentils are high in dietary fibre, meaning they can improve digestive health and potentially lower levels of blood cholesterol and blood sugar.
The choice between red and French lentils is simply a matter of personal preference, since both have outstanding nutritional profiles and are excellent sources of protein and fibre.
Whether you’re cooking up a hearty stew or preparing a light salad, we have the lentils you need for a healthy, delicious meal.
At Rosevale Lentils, it’s our biggest joy to provide Australians with hearty, healthy lentils, which add to the overall health narrative followed by thousands of families.
Our easy-to-cook kits are focused on convenience, which makes it even easier to include this healthy food in your everyday cooking. Our range has been carefully thought out, mixed and packaged for an added layer of convenience when cooking for your family.
We have so much more to tell you about our healthy lentils, so take a look at our other lentil articles.
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