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Why you should eat lentils every day

By Michael J. Coren

21 Mar 2023 · 6 min read

Editor's Note

Are lentils the next big thing? The Washington Post seems to think so. Pound for pound, lentils have more protein than a steak, they're easy to store and cook, plus they are environmentally friendly.

Lentils conceal their superpowers with a dowdy exterior. Pound for pound, raw lentils have more protein than steak. While not as protein-dense once cooked, they pack even more iron than meat, in addition to other vitamins and minerals.

Fast to cook, easy to store and exalted enough to be buried with the pharaohs of ancient Egypt, these seeds have sustained empires. Roman soldiers lived on the essential portable protein over their long campaigns.

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