About Lentils - Split Red
Lentils are legumes, seeds of a plant whose botanical name isLens ensculenta. They grow in pods that contain either one or two lentil seeds.
- They are rich in protein, which is well known to the vegetarian and vegan communities. In fact, a 1 cup serving of lentils provides nearly 40% of your daily recommended value of protein, and you will only be getting 230 calories for that entire cup!
- Often another big problem for vegetarians and vegans is getting enough iron in their diets. Lentils provide iron, without the fat and cholesterol associated with red meat. Women, especially pregnant women, and children should be especially careful to get adequate amounts of iron as their needs are greater.
- Lentils are another great vegetable source of fibre, and their high fibre content helps you to feel full with less food. High fibre legumes like lentils are especially useful for those trying to stabilize blood sugar levels, as your metabolism burns them very slowly over time. The fibre is also effective in lowering blood cholesterol.
- Anti-oxidants- Lentils contain anti-oxidants similar to those in tea, red wine and other foods.
- Heart-Healthy- In addition to the fiber, magnesium and folate, a B vitamin, are found in lentils and very important nutrients to heart health.
Lentils are classified according to whether they are large or small in size with dozens of varieties of each being cultivated. While the most common types either red, green or brown. lentils are also available in black, yellow and orange colors. The different types offer varying consistencies with the brown and green ones better retaining their shape after cooking, while the others generally become soft and mushy. While the flavor differs slightly among the varieties, they generally feature a hearty dense somewhat nutty flavor.
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