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Okay, this was very strange. My mom was going to make something using a package of dry lentils that were to be boiled. Well, as I have a habit of doing, I read the nutritional label and ingredients label. First off, the ingredients label wasn't on the package (it's assumed there is no need to have one because they're just lentils). Well, upon reading the nutrional label, it said that each serving contained 5mg of cholesterol. Now, correct me if I'm wrong, but legumes do NOT contain cholesterol, only animal products do. Therefore, it is only plausible that some form of animal by product (s) was added, but not mentioned (in which case, I'm pissed off). Has anyone ever encountered such an unnatural and ridiculous scenario? I don't know what to think of it.
 

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weird.<br><br><br><br>
i just checked my bag of dried red lentils and it doesn't have any cholesterol. it also does list the ingredients as being only red lentils.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Lentils are packed with nutrients, fiber, complex carbohydrates, and folic acid. Lentils are a low calorie, low fat and cholesterol free food as well as being inexpensive.</div>
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<br><a href="http://www.pea-lentil.com/nutrition.htm" target="_blank">http://www.pea-lentil.com/nutrition.htm</a>
 

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Do you think the bag originally came with a soup mix? That would explain it. You know how some bags of beans are sold to be made as soup?
 

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The canned lentils much have contained some kind of animal derived products...what exactly? does it say? cholesterol only comes from animal derived products such as dairy, meat, humans...etc<br><br><br><br>
Maybe the canned lentils are canned with some kind of animal broth ><
 

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I thought a lot of products/produce contained cholesterol... don't avocado have cholesterol, but it's the good cholesterol? I think a lot of things contain cholesterol, but the bad cholesterol is found in animal foods.
 

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Cholesterol is only found in animal products: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cholesterol" target="_blank">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cholesterol</a><br><br><br><br>
There is fat in avocadoes, and it's good fat. You're probably thinking about saturated and unsaturated fats.<br><br><br><br>
Edit: That's weird, I linked to something that contradicts me:<br><br><br><br>
"Many sources (including textbooks) incorrectly assert that there is no cholesterol in plants. This misperception is made worse in the United States, where Food and Drug Administration rules allow for cholesterol quantities less than 2 mg/serving to be ignored in labelling. While plant sources contain much less cholesterol (Behrman and Gopalan suggest 50mg/kg of total lipids, as opposed to 5g/kg in animals), they still contain the substance.[8]"<br><br><br><br>
Is that a new one on anyone else?<br><br><br><br>
Another edit: And because it's wikipedia, I looked somewhere else: <a href="http://www.nutristrategy.com/nutrition/cholesterol.htm" target="_blank">http://www.nutristrategy.com/nutrition/cholesterol.htm</a><br><br><br><br>
That site says what I thought:<br><br><br><br>
"Dietary cholesterol is only found in foods from animal sources, including meat, fish, milk, eggs, cheese, and butter."
 

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Plants do contain cholesterol, according to Lodish <i>et al.</i> <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Search&db=books&doptcmdl=GenBookHL&term=plant+cholesterol+AND+mcb%5Bbook%5D+AND+105398%5Buid%5D&rid=mcb.section.1146#1147" target="_blank">Molecular Cell Biology</a>:<br><br><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">Cholesterol is especially abundant in the plasma membrane of mammalian cells but is absent from most prokaryotic cells. As much as 30 to 50 percent of the lipids in plant plasma membranes consists of cholesterol and certain steroids unique to plants.<br></div>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Thalia</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Do you think the bag originally came with a soup mix? That would explain it. You know how some bags of beans are sold to be made as soup?</div>
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It was just a clear package of raw, dry lentils. The brand is Faraon. It's distributed by Faraon Foods in Industry, California (91746). But, it says: "Please Note: This package contains the best raw agricultural product obtainable. After harvesting, it is mechanically cleaned but may still contain some weather damaged product, stones or other foreign matter. Please inspect and wash the contents before cooking."<br><br><br><br>
1 serving is 1/4th a cup dry and there is 13 servings in the package<br><br>
calories: 130<br><br>
Calories from fat: 5<br><br>
total fat: 0.5g (1%)<br><br>
saturated fat: 0g (0%)<br><br>
cholesterol: 5mg (0%)<br><br>
sodium: 20mg (0%)<br><br>
total carbs: 22g (7%)<br><br>
fiber: 11g (44%)<br><br>
sugars: 0g<br><br>
protein: 8g<br><br>
Vitamin A: 0%<br><br>
Vitamin C: 0%<br><br>
Calcium: 2%<br><br>
Iron: 4%<br><br><br><br>
Does anyone see anything wrong here? There is no "Daily Value" percentage mentioned for the sodium (it's at 0), or the cholesterol, and although I don't eat cholesterol, I know they recommend no more than 300mg a day for the average person. So, I don't know if it was intended to be a soup mix because there didn't appear to be any packet inside. Maybe they messed up the label. In addition, they do say that they're the "best raw obtainable product", that even includes fragments of foreign matter (that's pretty raw). So, this is certainly a confusing and strange particular packet.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Snow White</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Plants do contain cholesterol, according to Lodish <i>et al.</i> <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Search&db=books&doptcmdl=GenBookHL&term=plant+cholesterol+AND+mcb%5Bbook%5D+AND+105398%5Buid%5D&rid=mcb.section.1146#1147" target="_blank">Molecular Cell Biology</a>:</div>
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"cholesterol and certain steroids unique to plants"<br><br><br><br>
I don't think they're talking about the same cholesterol as this, though it's interesting!
 

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Maybe it's down to different use of nomenclature. I also found reference to cholesterol in plants on els.net, that claims "Cholesterol is the major sterol in animals, but it is only a very minor constituent in plants". The entry is titled "Plant Plasma Membrane", requires a Wiley subscription for fulltext. Plants aren't really my area though.
 

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I'm mostly confused, now :p<br><br><br><br>
Okay, so maybe that 5mg is the normal amount in lentils, but it's so small that it's not even 1% of what you can have in a day?<br><br><br><br>
Same thing for the sodium, actually, 20mg is really low, so it's not even worth 1%. I have some oatmeal packets that say 330mg sodium 14%.
 

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Could it be a typo? Try writing the company and asking.
 

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Could it be a typo? Try writing the company and asking.</div>
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I think I'll do that. I'll try to find the company's website and asking them about the package and see what they say. When and if they respond, I'll make sure to put their response up here.
 

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I made an attempt to locate the company website, but I either get foreign material or movie stuff. I can't seem to find anything relating to Faraon Distributors.
 

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I found the address and phone number:<br><br>
Faraon Foods<br><br>
245 Baldwin Park Boulevard<br><br>
City of Industry, CA (California) 91746-1404<br><br>
Phone: (626) 333-6862<br><br><br><br>
no luck on a website though <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":(">
 

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More searching. Apparently, they are part of this company:<br><br><a href="http://mercadolatino.biz/77000-INDX.html" target="_blank">http://mercadolatino.biz/77000-INDX.html</a>
 
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