Lentils are legumes that generally have a rich nutty flavour. The are nutritious, containing dietary fibre, B-vitamins, protein, and hardly any calories.
Dried peas, a small but nutritionally mighty member of the legume family, are a very good source of cholesterol-lowering fiber. Not only can dried peas help lower cholesterol, they are also of special benefit in managing blood-sugar disorders since their high fiber content prevents blood sugar levels from rising rapidly after a meal.
The navy bean got its current popular name because it was a staple food of the United States Navy in the early 20th century. These small white beans are perfect for making baked beans. Combined with whole grains such as rice, navy beans provide virtually fat-free high quality protein.