Organic Lentil Bean Sprouts
Get a load of lentils! Lentils are some of the oldest food sources, dating back more than 9,000 years ago, and are pulses or seeds that belong to the legume family. Lentils typically contain two seeds that are in shapes of lenses, which is most likely why lentils go by the Latin name Lens culinaris.
Not only do lentils offer some of the highest amounts of protein coming from plants—up to 35 percent, which is comparable to red meat, poultry, fish and dairy products—but they are also filled with fiber, particularly soluble fiber, while being low in calories. Other nutrients found in lentils include: iron, potassium, folate, vitamin B1, phosphorus, manganese, copper and molybdenum. They’re also good sources of various amino acids, including tryptophan, isoleucine and lysine.
Lentils, especially sprouted lentils, contain all the essential amino acids needed by our body for healthy muscles and for overall healthy body function. In fact, sprouted lentils contain methionine and cysteine, two amino acids highly significant in muscle-building and body strength. Sprouting lentils also produces vitamin C and increases carotenoids and vitamin B content, including vitamins B2, B5 and B6, among other vitamins, minerals and nutrients.
Additionally, the sprouting process neutralizes phytic acid, a substance found in lentils and beans that can inhibit the absorption of calcium, magnesium, iron and zinc. By neutralizing phytic acid, sprouting assists the body’s absorption of these minerals, which is significant health-wise.
Here’s a sampling of what one cup of sprouted raw lentils provide in the daily value (DV) of the following nutrients:
- Vitamin C:
- Vitamin B6:
And don’t forget to choose Certified USDA Organic lentils. Organic production forbids the use of synthetic pesticides, including paraquat and diquat, which are often used on conventionally grown lentils. Organic also means no GMOs.
This information is intended for educational and informational purposes only. It should not be used in place of an individual consultation or examination or replace the advice of your health care professional and should not be relied upon to determine diagnosis or course of treatment.