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Sep 13, 2016

LENTILS – THE HIGH FIBER &  IMMUNE SYSTEM FIGHTING MACHINE!

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Today, I’m going to speak to you about how wonderful Lentils are for you!

Lentils grow on bushes and are part of the “Legume Family,” meaning…..the fruit or seed of a plant.

Common legumes include alfalfa, peas, beans, carob, soybeans and peanuts.

Archaeologists have discovered traces of legumes around the Ravi River, which is located crossing Northwestern India and Eastern Pakistan. dating back around 3,300 BC. 

Lentil cultivation has also been found in Egyptian pyramids and dry pea seeds have been discovered in a Swiss village, believed to date back to the Stone Age. Archaeological evidence suggests that these peas must have been grown in the eastern Mediterranean and Mesopotamia regions (in modern days, corresponds to most of Iraq plus Kuwait, the eastern parts of Syria, and regions along the Turkish-Syrian and Iran–Iraq borders)…..at least 5,000 years ago and found in Britain as early as the 11th century.

The United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) term uses the word "pulse” which is reserved for crops harvested solely for the dry seed. Lentils are an example of a “pulse crop.”

India is the world's largest producer and the largest consumer of pulses. Pakistan is 2nd, Canada is 3rd and  Myanmar (Formerly known as Burma) is 4th. Myanmar is a Southeast Asian nation which borders India, Bangladesh, China, Laos and Thailand. Australia is the 5th biggest producer and finally….the United States is the 6th largest producer lentils. The global pulse market is estimated at 60 million tons annually.

 

NUTRITIONAL VALUE OF LENTILS

One Cup of Cooked Lentils Yields:

  • 230 calories
  • 18 grams of protein
  • 1 gram of fat
  • 40 grams of carbohydrates (including 16 grams of fiber and 4 grams of sugar)

 That same 1 cup serving provides the following daily intake of Vitamins & Minerals:

  • 90 percent of folate
  • 37 percent of iron
  • 49 percent of manganese
  • 36 percent of phosphorus
  • 22 percent of thiamin
  • 21 percent of potassium
  • 18 percent of vitamin B6

Lentils are also a source of riboflavin which is Vitamin B2 and has a major role in energy production; cellular function, growth, and development; and….the metabolism of fats!      Niacin is known as Vitamin B3. Several studies have shown that it can boost levels of HDL, which is the good Cholesterol and lower Triglycerides  Triglycerides are a type of fat found in your blood. Too much of this type of fat may raise the risk of coronary artery disease...the buildup of plaque in your arteries, which can cause clots..especially in women.

A blood test measures your triglycerides along with your cholesterol. Normal triglyceride levels are below 150. Levels above 200 are high. Vitamin B3 also can help reduce “Atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries in some people. For people who have already had a heart attack,  Niacin seems to lower the risk of a second one. Lentils also contain Pantothenic acid, which is Vitamin B5. Vitamin B5 is critical to the manufacturing of red blood cells, as well as sex and stress-related hormones produced in the Adrenal Glands (small glands that sit on top of your kidneys. Vitamin B5 is also important in maintaining a healthy digestive tract – your stomach, small and large intestine. Lentils also contain magnesium, zinc, copper, manganese, and selenium.

 

Selenium works as an antioxidant, especially when combined with Vitamin E. If you recall from the episode on  Eggplant, the skin on the eggplant contains Na-soon-in, which is like Pac Man eating all the Free Radicals cells in your body. Selenium works very similar as an anti-oxidant.

Selenium also plays a role in thyroid function. People who have certain conditions like rheumatoid Arthrittis to certain types of Cancer often have low levels of Selenium. Eating Lentils often will help raise your Selenium levels and assist your immune system!

 

Now…..it’s easy to see how Good Lentils are for you!

 

On Concoction Friday….I’ll have an EASY…. And Delicious Recipe for you using Lentils.

 

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Everyone enjoy your week and Look for Your Lentil Recipe and Motivational tip this Concoction Friday!

Have a happy, peaceful and Healthy week!