I am sure you have had the mung beans or green grams because it is widely used in various types of recipes in India and elsewhere. Some of the most popular recipes include ‘moong ke daal’, ‘moong daal tadka’, ‘moong daal ka halwa’, ‘sprouted moong bean salad’ etc. There are many benefits of eating sprouted moong beans or the sprouted green grams. But when you eat sprouted moong beans, it does wonders to your health and well being. Today in this post, we are going to discuss about various health benefits of eating sprouted moong beans (mung sprouts or green gram sprouts).
Cereal grains are widely consumed across the world and we all know how nutritious it is. But when sprout the same whole grain cereal, it becomes much healthier. Studies suggests, after sprouting, contents of certain nutrients increases like essential amino acids, vitamin B etc and other dry matter, starch, and anti-nutrients decreases. And that is why the same moong beans become much healthier when you sprout it for 24-36 hours.
Another advantage of having sprouted moong is that it’s low in calorie and high in other nutrients including fiber. A standard bowl of sprouted mung contains 36 cal, 6gm of carbohydrate, 2 gm of fiber and 3 gm of protein.
Sprouted moong beans are rich source of various types of nutrients and vitamins that our body requires essentially. It contains plenty of fiber, iron, vitamin B-6, magnesium, copper, folate, vitamin C, Vitamin B, vitamin K and protein. Eating sprouted moong beans everyday can seriously help you to maintain your body weight, and remain fit and healthy.
Benefits of eating sprouted moong or mung
You should not have any doubt about the essential nutrients, vitamins and minerals you get by eating sprouted moong beans. Eating fresh sprouted moong everyday can help you remain fit and healthy. Here are some of the surprising benefits of eating sprouted moong.
Rich in nutrients and fiber
Pulses and grams are usually considered to be a healthy diet. But at the nutrients like vitamin c, iron and phosphorus etc get multiplied many times and hence the beans become much more nutrients. Also once the beans get sprouted, the starch contents of the beans get converted into glucose and fructose contents gets converted to maltose. Not only it become much tastier, but it becomes even healthier. And hence, if you want to include one of the properly balanced ingredients in your diet, it has to be the sprouted moong beans.
Anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties of the sprouted beans boost the immunity. Immunity is the defense mechanism of our body that fights various types of illness and viral infections. Eating sprouted moong on daily basis can seriously boost the immunity of your body and your body will be able to fight the common illness much effectively.
Constipation is one of the most common health issues, especially for urban population worldwide. Sprouted moong beans can seriously help you get rid of constipation due to high content of fiber. When you eat fiber rich sprouted moong, it boosts your digestion system and helps you to get rid of constipation issues.
If you are having severe constipation, apart from eating sprouted moong beans, you may like to east moong daal ki khichdi. Khichdi is basically when you cook the moong gram in water, and don’t use plenty of spices. Just a pinch of salt, turmeric and you are sorted.
Regulates blood pressure
Sprouted moong beans contains pepticide which helps regulates blood pressure. Not only it regulates blood pressure. Eat sprouted beans regularly to regulate your blood pressure and remain fit and healthy, even as you are ageing.
Great source of iron
Sprouted beans lead to efficient absorption of minerals like iron and zinc. If you eat sprouted moong beans regularly, it will help you to fight iron deficiency in general. It will also help you to fight disease like anemia, which is primarily caused because to iron deficiency in the body.
Helps fight hair fall
Apart from being good for your overall health and well being, sprouted moong grains can also help you fight hair fall and skin related issues. If you are tired of continuous hair fall, you may try eating a bowl of sprouted moong grains every day. It will help you to nourish your hair and fight hair fall.
How to sprout moong beans at home
Even if sprouted moong beans are available in the market these days, I prefer to sprout it at my home. The best thing about sprouting mung beans at home is you get to eat it fresh and enjoy the process. When you sprout it on your own, it got to taste better.
But on a serious note, sprouting moong beans or any other bean is very easy and here’s how I sprout the moong at home;
Take about a cup of moon beans. Wash it properly and let it soak overnight. Soaking it for 10-12 hours is good enough in case of moong or mung beans.
Next morning, strain the water completely from the soaked beans. Take a kitchen towel or any other cotton cloth and put your soaked beans on it. Wrap it properly and sprinkle some water on the cloth, so that it becomes a bit moist.
Or you can simply spread the soaked beans in a kitchen tray or plat and cover it with the kitchen towel. Leave it for next 24 hours in your kitchen, at a darker place.
You may like to sprinkle water on the cloth once or twice. And when you un-wrap the cloth, what you get is pure awesomeness. The magical, healthy and super nutritious moon sprouts. You should eat it fresh to enjoy the freshness and crunch. But once sprouted, you can easily keep it in the refrigerator for next 3 to 4 days.
Do you really think that the sprouts you buy from the supermarket can beat this? Think again.
Add sprouted moong in your diet
One of the biggest challenges today is to find fresh and pesticide free ingredients. Even if sprouted grains are healthy in general, caution should be experienced when buying the grains. Always buy good quality grains and sprouts.
Here are some of the ways to incorporate sprouted grains and beans in your diet;
One of the best ways to have sprouted grains is to have it as a salad or a side dish. Take sprouted moong grains or any other grain sprout, wash it properly, add a few cube of tomatoes, dress with lemon, a pinch of salt and roasted cumin seeds. Give it a good mix and you are sorted.
Over to you
Sprouted grains are seriously good for your health. Include in your daily diet for it contains a number of essential nutrients, vitamins, fiber and minerals. Eating a small bowl of sprouted moong beans can help you to maintain your body weight, regulate your blood pressure, boost immunity and help you to fight iron and fiber deficiencies effectively.
Eliana the chief editor at bodyandbeans is a professional yoga instructor and a fitness freak. She has done her master’s in history from Kolkata University. She is passionate about healthy eating and living practices.