Last Friday, we had #lentils for lunch – being prepared as a traditional hearty soup with tomato, onions and carrots – and some garlic. Which gave me the inspiration for this post. There are so many things that we do not know about the food we eat, and it is all available, right in front of us.
So, to make the long story short, here are 13 most amazing facts that we know about lentils – and we bet you don’t know!
- Lentils are legumes coming from central Asia and expanded to Greece, Egypt, Europe and the world.
- Archaeologists found intact lentils in Pharaoh tombs in Egypt!
- Lentils come in various shapes and colors – most widely known are brown, yellow, red and black
- Currently, Canada is the world’s leading producer and exporter of lentils
- Greek lentils are known for a nice strong taste and they hold their shape better after cooking, unlike most of them who melt down to a puree.
- You do not need to soak lentils, as beans do. Simply cook them until your are satisfied and serve them.
- Lentils are amazingly low in fat, high in protein, folate, phosphorus, fiber and iron. Your grandma probably used to say “eat lentils to become the ironman!”
- Lentils are used around the world and are particularly popular in Middle Eastern countries, Greece, France and India.
- There is even a National Lentil Festival in Pullman Washington!
- The fiber in lentils is soluble, which means that is spread throughout your blood, helping you keep your cholesterol down and blood sugars under control.
- Lentils are an excellent source of fiber with almost 16g per cup.
- 3/4 cup cooked lentils provides more potassium than a large banana along with 13g of protein.
- Lentils give you energy to burn while stabilising your blood sugar