Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Lentils

If there is one food in the world I love... it's lentils.
Not just soup, but just lentils! I don't know why... I just love it.

What's so good about them:
With 26% protein, lentils have the third highest level of protein from any plant-based food after soybeans and hemp.
Lentils also contain dietary fiber, Folate, vitamin B1, and minerals.
It has even been selected as one of the five healthiest foods.
Lentils are one of the best vegetable sources of iron. This makes them an important part of a vegetarian diet, and useful for preventing iron deficiency.
(You need to protect you against bacterial infection, it's essential to red blood cells...)

HOWEVER!!!
I was reading a book about nutrition.
And I read something disturbing.
Because vegetarians eat a lot of lentils to replace meat with, they can actually get a zinc deficiency.
...
How??
Well, because the high amount of folate in lentils, the folate combines, the minerals and zinc and other stuff together and gets rid of them instead of keeping them IN the body...
And Zinc is something you really need.
Not enough zinc means: mood swings, menstruating irregularly, bad teeth...

Fuck.
Confusing. Right????
The Confirming Friend says: think before you eat too many lentils...

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