In addition to their fixed shelf life, there are also nutritional reasons to stock up on lenses. Much like other legumes, they are a great source of vegetable protein and fiber. They also offer "a number of vitamins and minerals like folic acid, potassium, iron, and manganese," Poon said.
More unique, "Lentils are high in polyphenols, which makes them powerful antioxidants," says Poon, "and also gives them properties that help protect against inflammation and disease." And that fiber mentioned above is a form of prebiotics that fuel the good bacteria in our gut so that our gut microbiome thrives.
The notable nutrients among the different types of lentils are broadly similar, but according to Poon, "beluga lentils are a standout trait. These tough black lentils also contain anthocyanins, which have potent antioxidant properties."