Lentils are a dried bean and member of the legume family. Recipes for stews, soups and salads frequently include lentils. The beans nutrients include iron, magnesium, folate and fiber. Lentils help keep the heart healthy and assists in stabilizing blood sugar levels.
Lentils come originally from central Asia during prehistoric times. The Bible references the lentil and archaeologists found seeds in dig sites in the Middle East. Recipes traditionally include lentils along with wheat and barley. The current top producers of lentils are India, Turkey, Canada, China and Syria. Grocers sell lentils in two ways split or whole and in both green and brown varieties.