Whole Foods Wednesday – Lentils

Lentils are legumes, seeds of a plant whose botanical name is Lens ensculenta. They grow in pods that contain either one or two lentil seeds.

Studies of high fiber diets and blood sugar levels have shown the dramatic benefits provided by these high fiber foods. As a Diabetic, this especially is beneficial.

Lentils are a powerhouse of nutrition – providing an excellent source of molybdenum and folate. They are also a great source of dietary fiber, copper, phosphorus, and manganese. Additionally, they are a good source of iron, protein, vitamin B1, pantothenic acid, zinc, potassium, and vitamin B6.

Lentils are not only one of the oldest commonly consumed legumes in history, but they are also one of the simplest to prepare since they don’t require a lengthy soaking time like other beans.

Do you like lentils? We are trying to incorporate them more into our diets 🙂

 

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