Homo sapiens developed civilizations, we all know that. Our ancient ancestors transitioned from the hunter-gatherer lifestyle to something more casual (the gardening, farming, livestock raising, stationary, home-owning way of life) and as our aunts and uncles of antiquity lead our unique species into the future, they brought with them – Lens culinaris, (the lentil). For thousands of years the lentil, one of the first domesticated crops, has been sustaining the human race. In fact lentils have been part of our diet so long that they have been found at archaeological sites dating back 8000-13000 years!
Less anciently, lentils have been considered nothing more than poor people’s food. As an example, poor Catholics would substitute lentils for fish during lent because it was a much cheaper alternative that still packed a nutritious punch.
100g or 3.5oz of uncooked lentils provide:
63 g carbohydrates
10.7g dietary fiber
43%DV Pantothenic acid
42%DV Vitamin B6
5%DV Vitamin C
(Calcium 6%, Iron 50%, Magnesium 13%, Phosphorus 40%, Potassium 14%, Zinc 35%)