A team of Israeli researchers has studied the benefits of an aquatic lens. Rich in protein it would be a great asset to regulate its consumption of carbohydrates.
Published in the journal Diabete Cares, the study shows that the Mankai water lens can keep blood glucose levels at low levels. Researchers from the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (Be'er-Sheva, Israel) who initiated this work performed an experiment on 20 patients with abdominal overweight.
The volunteers were invited to consume milkshake drinks for two weeks as dinner. Both preparations contained the same carbohydrate, protein, fat and calorie content.
At the end of the experiment, participants who consumed the Mankai milkshake had later glucose peaks and faster glucose evacuation than those who drank the yoghurt milk shake. The measurements described in this study were made from glucose sensors.
An asset for health and the environment
An earlier study published in the Journal of Nutrition has demonstrated that a Mediterranean diet including the Mankai lens increases iron and folic acid levels despite small amounts of red meat.
Rich in polyphenols, dietary fiber, minerals (including iron and zinc), vitamin A, vitamin B and vitamin B12, the Mankai lentil is grown in Israel as well as in Southeast Asia. It can also be grown all year round in hydroponics.
In addition to its nutritional value, it represents a considerable advantage from an environmental point of view since its cultivation requires much less water than other legumes or plants rich in proteins such as soy or spinach.