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.

Glycemic Index=30
Glycemic Load=5
Antioxidant Score (ORAC)=7,282

Selecting and Storing Lentils

Lentils should be stored airtight at room temperature and will keep up to a year.

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About The Author

Kelley Herring, founder of Healing Gourmet, is a natural nutrition enthusiast with a background in biochemistry. Her passion is educating on how foods promote health and protect against disease and creating simple and delicious recipes for vibrant health and enjoyment.

Kelley Herring – who has written posts on Healing Gourmet.

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