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Mung beans
Why should I be eating mung beans?

Mung beans are members of the legume family and are a good source of protein for vegetarians and meat-eaters alike. Mung beans are considered to be a cleansing pulse especially when soaked and sprouted. Cooked mung beans are also cleansing and nourishing and are a great addition to many dishes. Mung beans are easier to digest and quicker to cook than many other legumes, so are great for those who have difficulty digesting beans.

What are they rich in?

Mung beans are a fantastic source of potassium needed for cardiovascular function and a healthy nervous system. Mung beans also contain fibre needed for the removal of excess cholesterol and old hormones from the body. Their fibre content also makes them great for blood sugar control as it slows down the release of sugars from carbohydrates.

Mung beans contain good levels of the B vitamins needed for the release of energy from food, including folate needed for foetal development and cardiovascular health. They also contain magnesium which gets used up in stress. When sprouted they develop good amounts of vitamin C needed by the immune system for healing and fending off infections.

Who should eat mung beans?

  • Anyone with high cholesterol or at risk of coronary artery disease. Consumption of legumes such as mung beans has been strongly associated with a reduced risk of heart disease and healthy cholesterol levels
  • Those suffering from stress may find the magnesium and B vitamin content of mung beans helpful
  • Anyone wishing to cleanse and detoxify. Mung beans are a good food to eat when detoxing, especially if eaten raw and sprouted
  • Anyone with a sluggish bowel. The fibre in mung beans is great for improving bowel function and cleansing the intestines
  • Anyone with high blood pressure or who has previously eaten a diet high in sodium or meat
  • Those suffering from low energy or blood sugar imbalances. Mung beans provide slow releasing carbohydrates that give sustained energy
  • Anyone looking for healthy vegetarian proteins, be they vegetarians or meat-eaters looking to reduce their animal protein consumption
  • Serving suggestion and amounts

    Legumes such as mung beans can be eaten daily. Mung beans are a good way to start eating legumes due to their digestibility and relatively fast cooking times. Soaking them until they are well swollen and cooking them with mild spices such as ginger, cumin, coriander and turmeric can render them even more digestible. They can be added to soups, stews and casseroles to provide a hearty dish. Soaking them overnight and letting them sprout for a few days is also a good way to improve digestibility and nutrient content. Use them sprouted in salads or as a snack.

    Try these mung bean recipes

    Mung bean stew

    Mung bean sprout salad

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