Legumes are basically seeds that grown in pods. Beans are oval and kidney shaped, peas are round and lentils are flat disc. They might be a few exceptions. They are low in fat and high in protein and fiber. While lentils and split peas cook faster, beans need to be soaked for cooking. Bean: a seed that is eaten as a vegetable and that comes from any one of many different kinds of climbing plants. Low in fat and cholesterol and high in fiber, iron and folic acid. They are not only a frugal alternative to meat but extremely delicious and a longer shelf life. Preparing beans before cooking: Beans must be soaked for at least 6-8 hours before cooking. It is recommended to drain the water that it has been soaked in, though some nutrition could be lost but you will also be getting rid of a huge percent of oligosaccharides - that is the culprit for flatulence, causing uncomfortable issues ahem! Click here for more information. Split peas: a pea dried and plit in half for cooking Lentil: a type of flat, round seed that is related to the pea and is eaten as a vegetable. Like beans, lentils and split peas are low in fat and high in protein and fiber. However they do not need to be soaked and much easier to cook.
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