Lentils are one of the first foods grown on the planet. Their consumption started in prehistoric times and it is believed that they come from Central Asia.
They were considered initially, as the “food of the poor ‘, but rapidly their benefits to human health were identified.
Lentils, therefore, are a rich source of complex carbohydrates with slow absorption, plant proteins, fiber, vitamins and minerals. Also contribute to heart health and management of disorders of glucose, whereas due to their low content of sodium are ideal food for hypertensive patients.
Regarding the content of iron it is particularly important for children and pregnant women. Iron absorption of lentil is significantly improved if in the same meal we consume foods containing vitamin C, such as fruits (citrus fruits, strawberries, kiwi) and vegetables (tomatoes, peppers, cabbage, etc.).