Are you aware that mung bean (munggo in Filipino) is the healthiest of all the beans in the legume family? Probably not! You may have heard a lot of times from the elderly folks whenever they complain of arthritis that its pain is aggravated by indulging on too much mung beans which is 100% lie. Ayurveda, an alternative medicine in India that makes use of natural sources to promote a satisfactory health and well-being, has been advocating for centuries the regular consumption of mung bean soup for cleansing the body from any kind of toxin.
Mung bean is indeed the most underrated of all legumes for the following reasons:
Foods high in protein are not necessarily complete with amino acids, which makes it the least acidic of all the beans in the world. There are only two amino acids in mung bean making it the easiest to digest of all proteins.
It is very alkaline such that it hosts a vast amount of Potassium and a fair quantity of Calcium, Magnesium, and Zinc.
A cup is also packed with fiber that helps combat constipation and is suitable for people with diabetes and high cholesterol. However, when taken in excessive amount, beware of its ability to cause diarrhea for people with weak digestion of protein.
Unlike most beans, it contains the lowest level of oligosaccharide — a carbohydrate responsible for flatulence.
People with Trimethylaminuria (TMAU) can benefit from eating it everyday because these legumes contain a safe amount of niacin (Vitamin B3) responsible for the prevention of bad breath, mouth ulcers, chronic fatigue, depression, and digestive ailments like diarrhea and constipation. The niacin content also helps prevent choline build-up in the body to prevent the TMAU-afflicted patient from smelling like fish and other weird odors.
When sprouted the amount of Vitamin C in it increases. Sprouting multiplies the plethora of health-giving benefits of the beans. YouTube has a lot of video tutorials to help you get you started with sprouting.
Based on studies, edible legumes contain saponins that are beneficial for the maintenance of a strong immune system against cancer, fungal, and other systemic infections.
It acts as a coolant for the body’s heat, especially during summer.
Yogis recommend a regular diet of mung beans for their weight loss programs.
The beans may not need to be soaked before cooking. However, you may need to soak them overnight or sprout them if you intend to eat them during your menstrual days to lessen the amount of the iron inhibitor they call “phytic acid.”
India’s famous mung bean recipe “kitchari” is commonly eaten during fasting while detoxing.
Itin is a blogger, virtual freelancer, and a social network junkie. She wants to educate the medical practitioners worldwide about the existence of some weird health conditions and self-proven remedies for a variety of maladies. She hopes that more people will be aware of TMAU (fish odor syndrome), so that they will put more effort into researching for a possible cure. You can email Itin via itinbcalvo(at)gmail(dot)com for criticisms, queries, article writing projects, or product reviews.
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