Article by Kaniz F. Shah
|ENGLISH Name(s):||GREEN GRAM|
|Hindi Name:||MUNG BEAN|
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The mung bean (green gram or golden gram) was domesticated in Mongolia and later was widely cultivated in the Indian subcontinent. Green gram is a small, oval-shaped bean olive green husk and a dark-mustard-colored interior. Once cooked, the bean is sweet and soft in texture, and it is easily digested and doesn’t produce flatulence like many other legumes.
Mung beans are a storehouse of nutrients; rich in vitamin B, vitamin C, proteins, manganese, calcium, phosphorus, zinc and many other essential nutrients required for effective functioning of the human health.
Many delicious foods are made from mung beans including main dal dishes, desserts and even ice creams! Mung bean sprouts are also a very healthy source of nutrients and can be used in salads, sandwiches or eaten as a healthy snack.
Benefits to the hair and nails:
This is a succulent plant with no stem. It has large, thick, fleshy, tapering leaves that grow into a rosette shape. The leaves contain a thick gel that exudes when cut. It grows outdoors in the tropics and indoors in a more temperate climate. It rarely flowers but when it does, the flowers are normally red. The plant needs little water and grows to 60 – 100 cm / 2-3 feet tall in well-drained soil, away from the hot sun. To propagate, replant a basal shoot of the aloe plant. Aloe requires 3 years growth before the gel can be collected.
Benefits for the Skin:
Phytoestrogen, an enzyme present in mung beans, helps in the secretion of collagen and elastin which helps in enhancing the skin tone. So, regular intake of mung beans can enhance the anti-ageing properties of skin. Mung beans also have been used to smooth the skin, prevent acne and blackheads and as a body slimming ingredient.
This article is for informational purpose only. Mung beans are not a treatment for any disease or condition. They are generally safe when used on the skin or hair, but to ensure safety, it is best to do an allergy test. Consult your doctor before using for medical purposes.