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7 Reasons Why Your Kids Should Eat Lentils

on December 4, 2011

Although my daughter has always been a great eater, during her 12 month check-up, much to my surprise (and disappointment), her iron was low.  I pleaded with the  Dr. that this just couldn’t be…I said, “but she eats lentils, and kale, and red meat every week, several times a week,” and the Dr.’s response was that some children just don’t absorb it as well, and stressed that I needed  to add even more iron rich foods to her diet.  And so I focused on lentils, because they are versatile, easy to make and pack 15-20% of the recommended daily intake of iron, and by 18 months, her iron was at the high end of the range.   While lentils are a great source of iron, they are also a nutrition powerhouse, and a top superfood!

Here are some more reasons why you should add lentils to your family’s diet:

  • Excellent source of fiber with 9 grams per serving, which aids in digestion and regulates blood sugar
  • Great source of iron, which is better absorbed when combined with a source of vitamin C (dairy can block the absorption of iron, so it’s better to avoid milk and cheese when consuming lentils)
  • High in protein, with 13 grams per serving, excellent choice for kids who don’t like the texture of meat
  • Provide two B vitamins, folate (90% RDI) and thiamine (25% RDI)
  • They are great for your heart, with a recent study resulting in an 82% reduction in heart disease risk with regular consumption
  • Good source of potassium, copper, phosphorous, manganese and trytophan.
  • They are incredibly versatile, you can have in them soups, salads, side dishes, savory dishes and even in baked goods.

Stay tuned this week for some great lentil recipes!

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