Lentil
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ChineseNutrition.org:

Lentil in TCM:

Explore the properties of Lentil according to Chinese
Nutrition and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM):


Temperature: neutral
Channels: ST, SP, HT, KD
Flavors: sweet
Tonifies: qi
Regulates: clears damp, resolves water accumulations

In terms of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Lentils are known for their ability to tonify qi. They also help to regulate water and resolve dampness.

In general the ancient Chinese medical texts cite that they enter the Stomach, Spleen, Heart, and Kidney. Like all legumes listed in the beans category the flavor of lentils is sweet, and they are considered to be neutral in temperature.

Dried lentils can be sprouted by soaking in water for one day and keeping moist for several days, which changes their nutrition profile and reduces undesirable phytic acid.