Little Bean, Big Benefits

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April 19, 2011

Unlocking the super nutritious secrets of lentils.

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If Superman had to take food form, he’d surely choose the all-powerful and protein packed lentil. I know what you’re thinking…cheap and basic lentil? Well, Clark Kent was unassuming too…on the outside.

Although they are the underdogs of the legume world, lentils provide more folic acid than any other unfortified food. Just a cup of them provides us with 90 percent of the recommended daily allowance (RDA). We need folic acid to help us form red blood cells and genetic material within our body cells.

And as if building cells wasn’t enough, Super Lentils are filled with about 8 grams fiber per ½ cup—mostly the soluble stuff that helps lower cholesterol. Eating these little legumes also give you plenty of protein and iron, keeping your body a powerhouse. So whether you’re in need of rescue, or a just a good meal, lentils can always be your heroes baby…or at least a really tasty, healthy lunch or dinner.

-Emily Arno

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Lentil Turkey Salad with Feta Cheese

A hearty salad for lunch or dinner.

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Tangy Barbecue Lentils

Make-ahead lentils are loaded with fiber and antioxidants.

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Lentil Soup

Healthful lentils cook quickly in a weeknight soup.

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