Don't let the demure appearance of lentils fool you. These small bites offer big benefits.
High in both protein and fiber, lentils are a low glycemic food that are loaded with antioxidants. In fact, lentils trump blueberries in their ability to quench free-radicals.
But that's not all - lentils are also an excellent source of copper, iron, potassium, folate and thiamin... plus a good source of magnesium, zinc, vitamin B6 and niacin. Unlike other legumes, lentils require no soaking and can be ready in 20 minutes or less. Lentils are a favorite ingredient in Indian cuisine (where they are called dals).
They are also delicious in soups and stews, as well as an accompaniment or "base" for fish or chicken dishes.
Antioxidant Score (ORAC)=7,282
Lentils should be stored airtight at room temperature and will keep up to a year.
Serving size: 1 cup(s)View Calorie Breakdown
Omega-6 / Omega-3 ratio: 4 : 1
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