The lentil is one of the oldest cultivated legume, dating back at least 8,000 years. Although the scientific name relates to the lens of the eye it is interesting that it is one of the foods used in the Christian Lent period, a time when one level of fasting is to abstain from any kind of meat.
- Power Nutrients in Lentils: iron, protein, phosphorus, copper, vitamin B1, potassium
- Power Plus Nutrients: fiber, tryptophan, manganese
- Extreme Power Nutrients: folate, molybdenum
Caution: Lentils are high in so many nutrients, including natural substances called purines. If you have a physical condition which requires you to be on a low purine diet, this is to be considered. Recent research, though, indicates that the purines from vegetable sources do not have the same negative effect as the purines from meat and fish.
Recipes: Lentils are SO good for you, and there are many delicious recipes.
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