Eat your lentils

Low folate levels associated with dementia and mortality:

Among the individuals with insufficient amounts of folate, the rates of dementia were 3.4%. The rates of death from any cause came in just under 8%.

The participants without the deficiency experienced rates of dementia of 3.2%, and the all-cause death rates amounted to almost 4%.

After factoring in co-occurring conditions, such as diabetes, vitamin B12 deficiency, cognitive decline, and depression, the researchers associated folate deficiency with a 68% higher risk of a dementia diagnosis.

Lentils are a great source of folate:

Did you know? Out of all plant-based foods, lentils contain the most folate!

Lentils are an excellent source of folate. A type of B-vitamin, folate helps support red blood cell formation and proper nerve functions. Folate also plays an important role in lowering artery-damaging homocysteine. In addition, the water-soluble vitamin may help prevent anemia and protect against developing heart disease, cancer, and dementia. Folate is particularly important for women of childbearing age, as it is needed to support increasing maternal blood volume.

I also should note that my brothers raise lentils on the farm and I frequently transport 50 and 100 pound bags of lentils to the Seattle area for sale (and donation to a food bank) at near my own cost.


11 thoughts on “Eat your lentils

    • That was the raw numbers. They then factored in other variables such as diabetes, B12 deficiency, etc.

      Still, more study is needed.

      In the meantime, eat your lentils just to be safe. 😉

      • See, that’s my point. The raw numbers are science. Everything else is misdirection and opinion. (I do love the snark about “more study is needed”, though!)

        “Captain Joe (age 64) ran his ship aground on a coral reef, already threatened by climate change before suffering this indignity, 1,274.37 km from his home port while carrying 34,000 tons of beans and peas to Hong Kong, where 7.3% of people live in near-starvation poverty because of the running dog policies of the imperialist oppressors.” The question is: How old is Captain Joe?

  1. Sorry Joe,they served too many lentil variations in the Wallace Cafeteria for me to eat them now! (it was Wallace,right?)

    • Wallace was one of the cafeterias at the UI. I didn’t eat there often though. So I can’t comment on the frequency of lentils being served.

  2. I seem to recall that this is how cults keep their subjects in-line. Given what we have experienced in the last two years I unfortunately see this appealing to many of the Covidian’s.

  3. How’s the crops shaping up this year Joe? Is brother Doug planting lentils this year?
    Good to know where one can trade for lentils, wheat, and venison. Should the need arise.

    • There are lentils in the bins left over from last year. I don’t think he planted any winter lentils last fall. I’m not sure if he plans to plant some this year or not. My property, rented to my brothers, is planted to wheat.

        • Clearwater County snow pack is 94% of normal. As long as the spring and early summer is normal we should be good for moisture.

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