In the world of nutrition, black is the new brown. Black quinoa, black rice, and black lentils are all über-trendy these days, and their unusual color offers more than just intrigue. These grains get their deep, dark hue from high concentrations of anthocyanins, the very same antioxidants found in blue-purple fruits like blueberries, plums, and cherries. Anthocyanins are potent compounds that are currently being investigated for their memory-boosting and cancer-fighting properties. Black beluga lentils, which earned their name because the small, shiny beads resemble caviar, are rich in protein and fiber — like all varieties of lentils. Just a half cup of cooked black lentils packs in about 12 grams of protein and 9 grams of fiber, a powerful nutrient combo that helps keep you full and energized. And, unlike starchy beans, dried lentils don't require pre-soaking and cook up quickly in just 15 to 25 minutes!
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