The roles and potential of lentil prebiotic carbohydrates in human and plant health

Nathan Johnson, Casey R. Johnson, Pushparajah Thavarajah, Shiv Kumar, Dil Thavarajah
2020 Plants, People, Planet  
Lentils are not only rich in protein and micronutrients, but they also have significant amounts of prebiotic carbohydrates, which provide benefits to human health. Beneficial microorganisms ferment lentil prebiotic carbohydrates in the colon, which impart gut health benefits to the consumer. In addition, prebiotic carbohydrates provide benefits to lentil plant health through their roles in carbon transport, storage, and abiotic stress tolerance. Advantageous to both human and plant health,
more » ... otic carbohydrates should be a prominent target for breeding efforts to improve lentil as a crop, as well as its nutritional value to consumers.
doi:10.1002/ppp3.10103 fatcat:j74fnqdi2veuvat3yznapwihwe