05 Apr This dietitian’s pantry staple: tinned lentils
While paleo advocates say that we should shun the humble lentil, I on the other hand, laud their versatility and nutritional qualities. Lentils are a rich source of protein, low GI carbs, fibre, iron, folate, magnesium and potassium. What’s not to like? They’re an economical source of protein too, costing about $1.00 per 400g can (equating to $2.50 per kg). Compare this to red meat, which can cost upwards of $15 per kg.
I love lentils and I always keep a spare jar in my pantry. They’re a perfect addition to hearty soups, stews and salads. They can even be combined with minced meat to make a sauce for bolognaise or lasagne. Lentils are a staple in African and Asian cultures as well as in Mediterranean countries. There is little wonder that the Mediterranean diet is so often acclaimed as the healthiest diet in the world. It is no doubt due in part to the regular inclusion of the undervalued lentil.
For more information on the health benefits of lentils as well as other legumes check out the Grains and Legumes Nutrition Council.