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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

What are Lentils?

Lentils are from the legume family and are grown in pods that consist of one or two lentil seeds. There are many varieties and colors of lentils, though brown and green are the most popular in the United States. Lentils also come in red, orange, yellow or black. They are oval, heart shaped or lens shaped and small in size. Lentils are nutritionally very much like beans; they are a great source of dietary fiber, folic acid, protein and trace minerals.

Lentils help lower cholesterol and keep blood sugar levels from rising after consumption of a meal. Lentils are cooked much like beans and are most often found dried (like beans). They are commonly used in soups, stews and casseroles. Lentils are 26% protein and are an excellent source of protein for vegetarians.

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Monday, November 10, 2008

What are Hormones?

Hormones are molecules that act as your body’s chemical messengers to affect processes such as metabolism, growth and development, mood, reproduction and sexual function. Hormones are made by endocrine glands and travel in the bloodstream to organs and tissues to deliver their messages via chemical signaling. Most are carried in the blood by plasma proteins. Too much or too little of a hormone can be a serious problem. There are two main classes of hormones: hydrophilic (peptides, proteins and modified amino acids) hormones and hydrophobic (steroid) hormones.

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