EN on Foods
February 2013 Issue
Fiber-Rich, Nutrition-Packed Lentils
Lentils (Lens enscuenta) are in the legume (or pulse) category, along with beans and peas; they grow in pods with one to two lentil seeds. The seeds are round or oval disks and are usually quite small. Classified by sizeeither large or smallthey are sold whole or split. There are many varietiesmore than 50 are grown in India aloneavailable in a rainbow of earthy hues from red, orange and yellow to black; but brown, green and red are most common in the U.S. because they retain their shape and texture best when cooked. One cup of cooked lentils packs 63 percent of the Daily Value (% DV) of dietary fiber, 90% DV of folate, and 36% DV of protein.
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