The homely lentil is much maligned, massively misunderstood and often poorly prepared. This is a dietary travesty. The lentil is a true powerhouse of nutrition. Each little seed contains a treasure trove of potassium, niacin, vitamin K, and calcium. It has an abundance of dietary fiber, lean protein, and iron. What more could you ask from such a harmless little seed
A cup of cooked lentils has 16 grams of dietary fiber, 18 grams of protein, less than one gram of fat, and 100% of your daily allowance of folic acid (vitamin B-9). And if that wasn’t enough it provides 87 percent of the iron men need daily, and 38 percent of women’s daily needs.
In a study conducted by Christian Broda, Archives of Internal Medicine reported that in place of red meat, lentils can reduce the risk of cancer, heart disease, and a bevy of other diseases. And when combined with whole grains like brown rice or whole-wheat bread you have all the amino acids your body needs for protein synthesis.
There are very few foods that have as much bang for your buck as the lowly lentil. When prepared right, like in a lentil and tomato stew, they are flavorful, nutritious and extremely filling. They can be stored easily for a very long period of time and are easy to prepare.
When it comes to nutrition, take another look at the lentil.