Mexican lentils Recipe

Mexican lentils has a average-calorie, average-carb, low-fat and high-protein content. It is a good source of Iron, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Thiamin and Folate.

The food contains 46.7g of carbs. The carbohydrate profile of the the food reveals it is average in complex carbs and average in Simple carbs. Carbs are our primary source of energy but its source should be chosen with utmost care. Complex carbs are a more desirable addition to your diet, where as simple carbs should be consumed in moderation as it is very easily broken down, assimilated and absorbed in the body. Its sugar content is among the bottom 20 percentile. This is for people watching their sugar intake. With 16.6 gms of protein, it is high in protein content, which is an important macronutrient that helps with tissue repair, provides energy and improves immunity.

However, the low fat content makes it suitable if you're on a low-fat diet plan. It's low MUFA and low PUFA. In terms of Polyunsaturated Fat content it is ranked in the bottom 20% of all food items. It is also ranked in the bottom 20 percentile in terms of its Monounsaturated Fat content, which are considered among "good fats".

It is also rich in Vitamin C, whose benefits include, but are not limited to protection against immune system deficiencies, cardiovascular disease, prenatal health problems, eye disease, and even skin wrinkling.

It gives a good yield of Iron at 7.74 gms/ serving, and should be included in an Iron rich diet. Iron is essential to help carry oxygen from the lungs to the muscles and other organs, and is especially helpful for pregnant women. While Sodium is an essential nutrient, excess quantities can cause several disorders like fluid retention, hypertension. Since it has a low density of Sodium, it is suitable if you are aiming for a healthy, low-sodium diet. It is also high in Magnesium, an essential micronutrient that regulates functioning of muscles and nerves and heart beat. It is also an average source of Selenium, which is an important antioxidant especially in combination with vitamin E.

It belongs to Mexican cuisine.

Based on the composite nutritive standing Mexican lentils has been given a composite ranking of 94, and on a regular basis.

Calorie Breakdown

 Calories from Protein25%
 Calories from Fat4%
 Calories from Carbs71%

Why this is good for you

  • Very high in Protein
  • High in Vitamin B6
  • Very high in Vitamin C
  • High in Thiamin
  • No Cholesterol
  • Very low in Saturated Fat

Why this is bad for you

Vitamin Analysis

Vitamin A940 IU18.8%
Vitamin C28.4 mg47.3%
Vitamin D0 IU
Vitamin E2.6 mg8.5%
Thiamin0.35 mg23.3%
Riboflavin0.26 mg15%
Niacin4 mg20%
Vitamin B60.55 mg27.3%
Folate297.6 mcg74.4%
Vitamin B120 mcg
Pantothenic Acid1.6 mg15.8%

Mineral Analysis

Calcium93 mg9.3%
Iron7.7 mg43%
Magnesium92 mg23%
Phosphorus334 mg33.4%
Potassium1 mg0%
Sodium1 mg0%
Zinc2.4 mg16.2%
Copper0.79 mg39.4%
Manganese1 mg50.1%
Selenium4.8 mcg6.8%

Carbohydrate Analysis

Total Carbohydrate46.7 g15.6%
Dietary Fiber15.5 g62%
Sugars7.6 g

Protein Analysis

Protein16.6 g33.2%

Fat Analysis

Total Fat1.1 g1.7%
Saturated Fat0.2 g1%
Monounsaturated Fat0.2 g
Polyunsaturated Fat0.5 g

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Nutrition Facts

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Amount Per Serving

Calories 246 Calories from Fat 0

% Daily Value *

Total Fat 1.1 g 1.7%

Saturated Fat 0.2 g 1%

Trans Fat

Cholesterol 0 mg

Sodium 1 mg 0%

Total Carbohydrates 46.7 g 15.6%

Dietary Fiber 15.5 g62%

Sugars 7.6 g

Protein 16.6 g 33.2%

Vitamin A 18.8% Vitamin C 47.3%

Calcium 9.3% Iron 43%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet

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