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#Lentils are not a photogenic food, but their health benefits are beyond attractive.

When stacked up against other beans, lentils are No. 2 in protein (soybeans take top honors). When combined with a whole grain, like brown rice, they can give you the same quality of protein as meat. But when you eat lentils instead of red or processed meat, you make a healthier choice for your heart.

A single serving meets 32% of the fiber you need each day. It can lower cholesterol and protect against diabetes and colon cancer. A daily dose of fiber pushes waste through your digestive system and prevents constipation, too.

The potassium, folate, and iron in lentils also provide lots of benefits. Potassium counters the bad effects of salt and lowers blood pressure. Folate protects your heart and supports your body in forming red blood cells. If you're pregnant, folate is important for your baby's development. Iron helps ward off fatigue.

This recipe is pretty simple: cooked lentils with a little bit of chicken broth, kielbasa sausage and barbecue sauce for flavor. Enjoy. #healthyisthenewbeautiful

Source: WebMD

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