Mung Beans – An Ayurvedic Superfood that could change your health forever
When it comes to superfoods the Ayurvedic diet includes an abundant and a variety of different foods which are considered extremely healthy and healing.
Many of these superfoods, according to Ayurveda, should be used and consumed properly according to one’s specific dosha or constitution.
Mung beans are in a category of their own because they are considered sattvic in Ayurveda which means they are excellent for all type of people and constitutions. They are harmonizing for the mind and body.
They are best used and prepared in dishes as whole mung bean which are green – these can be soaked for 8 hours or as split mung beans which are yellow – these generally do not need to be soaked. Soaking and/or sprouting the beans helps create digestive enzymes and supports the digestion process.
Below is a more detailed explanation of mung beans in terms of their benefits and nutritional properties.
Mung beans are sweet, astringent and cool in nature. They are balancing for all the dosha types and are considered a complete food consisting of protein, fat, carbohydrate and dietary fibre especially when they are mixed with rice such as basmati. They are an excellent source of complex carbohydrates which aid in digestion and stabilize the body’s blood sugar levels.
Nutritional Properties on Mung beans: Mung Beans are very low in saturated fat, sodium and cholesterol. They are a good source of thiamin, niacin, vitamin B6, vitamin K, vitamin C, riboflavin, folate acid, copper, manganese, pantothenic acid, iron, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium.
Healing Properties of mung beans: Mung beans are good for convalescence – the gradual recovery of health and strength after illness, especially from febrile (feverish) and infectious diseases.
Mung beans are also really good for the liver, spleen and bleeding disorders. They are an excellent food used for alcohol, drug and smoking detoxification. They are also good for people who suffer from diabetes, high cholesterol, cancer and other immune deficiency diseases. Mung bean tea is excellent for heat stroke and fevers.