Lentils, a type of legume, are a staple in many parts of the world. They are high in protein, low in fat and are a good source of fiber, which can reduce the risk of heart disease
Lentils are high in protein. The U.S. Department of Agriculture National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference reports that 1 cup of cooked lentils contains more than 17 grams of protein.
Types of Lentil
• Brown lentils, the most common type, can be found in most grocery stores. They are mild in flavor, often described as earthy and can be used in a variety of recipes.
• French green or Puy lentil are also common. They were originally grown in the Le Puy region of France, hence their name. Puy lentils are often considered the most flavorful variety because they have a peppery taste
• Red lentils are commonly used in Indian and Middle Eastern dishes. They are actually brown massor lentils with the hulls removed. Red lentils have a mild, sweet flavor.