Why are we so sentimental about The Lentil?
Lentils are legumes that are similar to beans in their nature. They vary in size and color – in fact there are dozens of different types grown throughout the world! Lentils originated around central Asia (modern-day India and Pakistan), and continue to play a large part as a staple in many people’s daily diet. The interesting thing about lentils is not so much how many people in the world enjoy them, but how long they have been a part of our daily lives. Bet you didn’t know that they were one of the first crops ever cultivated and domesticated by man or woman. In fact, the lentil has been consumed since prehistoric times and we humans have been eating them for over 8,000 years! Currently enjoyed in all parts of the world, lentils are a vital staple in the Asian and Mediterranean regions.
What makes this Superfood so super??
Lentils are extremely rich in a variety of vitamins and minerals, making them an excellent source of nutrients. They are very rich in protein and lack only 2 essential amino acids in order to complete the 20 amino acids that we need in our bodies. They are also a great source of thiamin, folate, and fiber, as well as minerals such as magnesium, calcium, manganese, phosphorus, and iron.
The nutrients contained in lentils are helpful in helping to manage a number of different health conditions. The fiber content is important because it helps lower your cholesterol and because it can also help manage blood sugar disorders. Folate and magnesium are vital for heart and cardiovascular health, and iron works to increase energy.
If all that wasn’t enough to consider them a true “superfood,” lentils are also low in fat and calories! In fact, 1 cup of cooked lentils contains only about 230 calories. They are also safe for people who have a gluten sensitivity or intolerance, or have an allergy to any of the top 8 common allergens. So is it any wonder that we selected these awesome little guys as the base for our brand new, great tasting crunchy chips??
The Power of the Lentil, now in a great-tasting savory snack. That’s Plentils!