Lentils - Superfood

Lentils are a heart healthy food as they help to lower cholesterol levels. They can also help manage blood sugar levels. Lentils are a good source of iron and folate, are low in fat and gluten free. With their high fibre and protein content, lentils can help control appetite. The balance of carbohydrates with proteins makes them the perfect pre-exercise food, providing a slow release of energy to the muscles - great for stamina. What’s more, lentils help build muscle.

Canada’s Food Guide and the USDA’s Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend the consumption of lentils. You can learn more about the use and benefits of lentils through the following links to those and other publications.

Canada's Food Guide
Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2005 (pdf)
Lentils - The New Superfood

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Genki Bar® is the bar of choice for the environment too! Lentils require fewer non-renewable energy inputs to grow and this helps reduce carbon dioxide emissions from agriculture and overall greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Lentils are legumes, a unique class of plants able to convert atmospheric nitrogen into a natural nitrogen fertilizer, putting nitrogen back into the soil. This is good for soil health and sustainable agriculture, and also reduces the need for artificial nitrogen fertilizers which are synthesized from fossil fuels. Lentils are one of the few food crops that give back to the earth!

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