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9 Reasons to Love Lentils

Red Lentil - sweet taste and fast cooking

History

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.

Nutrients

  • 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.

Enjoy!

Learn How To Cook with Lentils:

I am so passionate about cooking with healthy ingredients like lentils that I offer Healthy Online Trainings where you get focused support in eating perfectly balanced healthy meals.

These  includes shopping lists, menus, video training, plus personal and group support.   Sometimes just knowing what to do is not enough.  A person has to feel  confident enough to do it easily.

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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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