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10-22-2004, 07:13 PM
whats the protein like in lentils,how much is absorbed etc

10-22-2004, 07:17 PM
hummmmmmm i eat alot of lentils but never checked up on that google it

10-22-2004, 09:45 PM
10 grams in a serving, and I usually double up so like 20 grams

2 servings which is a bunch of damn lentils is like

20 grams of protein
160 calories
0 grams of fat
50 ish carbs?

10-23-2004, 04:30 AM
I eat puy or continental lentils. Per 100gs:

307 calories
24.6g protein
49.4g carbohydrate
1g fat

An excellent alternative to rice and pasta.

10-24-2004, 12:48 PM
Lentils are high in protein, but the protein in not “complete”. (Meaning it is low on some of the essential amino acids, which the body need.) Combining it with rice or wheat (like pasta or bread) compliments the amino acid in the lentils nicely.



10-24-2004, 01:34 PM
Thanks for the info Eddan. I found the second link particularly useful.

10-27-2004, 12:02 PM
For most people combining "incomplete" proteins is irrelevant. If you eat an "incomplete" protein with a "complete" protein such as meat or dairy then the latter will "make up for" the former. Furthermore amino acids will remain in the bloodstream for about 4 hours which, assuming one eats regularly, means they can combine with proteins from prior and posterior meals.

10-28-2004, 07:42 AM
Im with Eddan on this one. Lentils are not a complete protein, I would have them with brown rice. I usually have brown rice and red kidney beans :)

TheGimp, I get you about the amino acids still flowing in the blood stream... but we are all after optimal nutrition if possible. Might as well combine your amino acids properly in the same meal when it is as easy enough as this.

Ronnie2004, if you are not thinking about combining the amino acids to form a complete protein then do not count the protein as having been consumed. You wouldn't really want to wait more than 6hours to have complemented the amino acids in the lentils really. There is a lot that can be read into about protein combining and it can have great benefits when you think of low fat, low cost. Of course you still want to make sure you get protein from animal sources also.

Have a quick look at this link:

10-28-2004, 11:27 AM
I agree gmnanea. It is easy enough to combine the groups for a complete protein meal. Indeed we do so already as in Pasta and Brocolli, Bread and peanut butter.
Ive printed out Eddan's second link posted it in my kitchen.
BTW I do occasionally eat borwn rice and lentils .. makes a tasty dish.