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LENTILS

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High cholestero­l Weight gain • Constipati­on Anemia • Heart disease Reproducti­ve health • Cancer selected by robert graham, md “Lentils contain the highest

amount of protein of any plant. They are also a great source of dietary fiber, which helps control blood sugar levels, and provide excellent amounts of iron, folate, magnesium, and potassium. They are consumed in the Blue Zones, regions of the world identified by author Dan Buettner as having the longest-living and healthiest people. Lentils, which belong to the legume family, have more fiber than beans. A quarter cup of dry lentils contains about 13 grams of fiber, and red lentils, 15 grams. A quarter cup of kidney beans has about half that.” Serving size: ½ cup, cooked (4 oz. or 114 g) Dr. Robert Graham is an internal, functional, and integrativ­e medicine specialist and the founder of FRESH Med at Physio Logic in New York City. He also received a culinary degree from the Natural Gourmet Institute. good to know: Don’t mix new lentils with older ones, because the older lentils will take longer to cook.

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