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As the prices of animal-based proteins continue to rise, consumers are looking for a low-cost alternative to keep their families full and healthy. 

Throughout history, people have turned to lentils as a nutritious, inexpensive and widely available food source. They are the basis of classic comfort foods in almost every part of the world.

Lentils are actually the seed of a legume plant. Consumers can chose from many different sizes and colors of lentils. Canada is the largest exporter of lentils worldwide.

With each serving of lentils providing 38% of daily protein requirements and 36% of daily fiber requirements, it is no surprise that Health Magazine named this delicious ingredient as one of the world’s healthiest foods. Lentils are also an excellent source of folate, vitamin B1 and iron.

Lentils are quick and easy to prepare. Simply rinse them and then simmer in water or broth until tender. Because of their mild taste, lentil recipes feature a wide variety of flavors.

Lentils are often served with rice or bread. They are also the main ingredient of many ethnic soup and stew recipes. Lentils make a wonderful addition to salads as well.

India, home of the world’s largest vegetarian population, makes use of this incredibly versatile ingredient in many mouth-watering recipes, like dahl. This classic Indian recipe is a savory dish of pureed lentils, tomatoes, onions and warm spices like coriander, cumin and ginger.

At less than one dollar per pound, lentils are an excellent and delicious way to satisfy your family and give them the nutrition they need. Try some easy lentil recipes today, save money and boost your fiber intake and enjoy one of the worlds healthiest foods today.