The Mung Bean is a small, green oval-shaped bean. an egg). It is a small bean native to India but its cultivation has spread to China and other Southeast Asia cultures and gradually gained popularity in the United States. Mung Beans are a great protein source with a crunchy texture and a delicate hint of sweetness. Some say they taste like lentils. They can be ground into flour and made into noodles, custards, Chinese mooncakes, and even used in the base for ice cream.
Mung beans are low in cholesterol, high in soluble fiber, low on the glycemic index, and are a good source of protein. According to ancient Chinese records, mung beans can be used to help dispel heat and detoxify the body. These beans also contain isoflavone nutrients which help regulate hormonal activity. The mung beans as well as other type of beans contain protease inhibitors which are known to block and prevent formation of tumor cells slowing the replication of certain cancer cells including those found in breast cancer. It’s interesting that these beans can also help regulate hormonal activity for women in post menopause.
You’re probably more familiar with them as bean sprouts which are really germinated mung beans. Once the Mung bean seed germinates, they become the bean sprouts you see in your local grocery stores, and are widely used in Chop Suey or other stir-fry dishes. Season with a little garlic, ginger, onions, add some chicken, and you’ve got a flavorful and healthy meal.
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