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9 Reasons to Love Lentils

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7. Healthy For the Soil and Environment:

Lentils increase nitrogen and other essential nutrient to the soil during growth. They require less moisture than most crops and prevent soil erosion. By eating lentils you are helping the earth and the environment!

8. High in Cholesterol-Lowering Fiber (both soluble and insoluble):

Numerous studies have shown high levels of fiber are associated with decreased degenerative diseases. In one study that examined food intake of 16,000 middle-aged men, researchers found that legumes were associated with a whopping 82 percent reduction in risk of death from coronary heart disease!

9. Tasty:

Some lentils, like brown lentils grown in North America, are so tasty that all you have to do is boil them and add a bit of salt. Other lentils are more bland so a bit of spice is needed. This is the dahl of many eastern countries. Either way, if you are interested in healthy cooking and have ever considered reducing meat consumption, it definitely worth it to find a few good lentil dishes you like.

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Diana Herrington

Diana Herrington turned a debilitating health crisis into a passion for helping others with healthy, sugar-free, gluten-free, eating and cooking. After testing and researching every possible healthy therapy on her delicate system she has developed simple, powerful principles which she shares in her recent book Eating Green and Lean, and as host to Care2 groups: Healthy Living Network and Healthy Cooking. She is the head chef at Real Food for Life, where she shares recipes and tips. Sign up for the Real Food for Life weekly newsletter or catch her on Facebook or Twitter (@DancinginLife).

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8:43PM PDT on Apr 8, 2014

Lentils are marvellous. I am very fond of Thai peanut red lentil soup with coconut as it has wonderful flavour.

10:37AM PDT on May 14, 2013

i love lentils and just plant a few and it are very green...

5:26PM PST on Jan 2, 2012

Excellent info, thanks!

3:40PM PDT on Jun 26, 2011

Bookmarked!

8:05AM PDT on Jun 21, 2011

Very informative - I love lentils anyway but it's good to know exactly how good they are for me and my body.

3:57PM PDT on Jun 4, 2011

Thanks Diana.

3:35PM PDT on Jun 1, 2011

I must learn to use these...
Have three unopened bags in the kitchen.
Wouldn't know where to start!

7:15AM PDT on May 31, 2011

excellant reasons, thank you, i like too add lentils to rice, yum

3:18AM PDT on May 27, 2011

You're preaching to the choir, Diana! But thanks.

6:48PM PDT on May 25, 2011

Give me lentils anytime ! Lentil salad, lentil soup, stew, pie.
I prepare them in many different ways and always enjoy them !

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