Include Lentils to Your Vegetarian Diet

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lentils_acLentils, like beans, are pulses and form a major source of protein and energy in many parts of the world. If you are on vegetarian diet, include dishes with lentils to your ration. The larger yellow lentils are also called split peas, and need to be soaked before cooking. Smaller lentils, such as red, green and brown need little or no soaking.

 

Nutritional content

Lentils are high in fibre and are a good source of non-haem (plant) iron in the vegetarian diet. They also contain useful quantities of B vitamins and zinc.

Protein

In common with other vegetable sources of protein, the protein content of lentils is improved if they are eaten with bread or rice. The amino acids of the two different proteins complement each other, so lentils eaten with naan bread provide a more useful protein than lentils or bread eaten alone.

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