Latin name: Lens culinaris Medic., L.esculenta. Moench, Ervum lens Linn.
Sanskrit/Indian name: Masura
Lentils aid in maintaining a healthy immune system and also help in protecting against cancer.
Selenium-rich lentils are believed to benefit people suffering from chronic arsenic poisoning.
Protein content in lentils is as high as 26%, which means they can adequately meet protein requirements.