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Health Benefits of Munggo

Updated on February 18, 2013
Health benefits of munggo beans
Health benefits of munggo beans

Did you know that mung beans is a good protein source?

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To those who don’t know, munggo or balatong is the Tagalog name for mung beans. Others refer to mung beans as choroko, moog, mung, green or golden gram.

In the Philippines, it is common to cook munggo beans as soups. They are boiled and mashed into a starchy mixture; to be stir-fried later with tomatoes, garlic and onion.

Munggo beans can also be made into desserts or flour just like rice. They make tasty noodles and food wraps .

Munggo beans are tasty and very satisfying legumes. They offer a powerhouse of nutrition to those who enjoy them. It's amazing how few of us know the health benefits munggo beans bring.

Health benefits of munggo beans

Munggo beans are good for our cardio-vascular health. A lot of its nutritional components work together to benefit our hearts. For instance, fiber and folate help regulate our blood sugar and cholesterol levels. With 0-cholesterol, very low saturated fat contents and Vitamin C, munggo beans help reduce the risk of heart ailments as well as diabetes. Its potassium content helps regulate our blood pressure.

Munggo beans are energy-giving as well because of its protein, iron and carbohydrate contents. This is another benefit for weight watchers. Eating munggo beans will make them fuller longer with higher energy levels.

Munggo beans are anti-cancer foods. Their anti-oxidant contents, Vitamin C and Thiamine help strengthen our immune system. Thiamine also helps our body cope with stress as it promotes our defense mechanisms.

Another form of vitamin B, folate (folic acid) is another nutritional benefit we get from munggo beans. This vitamin helps in the development of an embryo during the early stages of pregnancy.

Munggo beans are good for our digestive health, as well. These beans are rich with dietary fiber which helps move our bowels. More so, munggo beans are very easy to digest which is good especially for the young ones.

Nutritional benefits of munggo beans

Munggo beans are loaded with nutritional values. They provide us with:

  • Dietary fibers
  • Vitamin K
  • Vitamin B1 (Thiamine)
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E
  • Folate
  • Calcium
  • Phosphorus
  • Potassium
  • Iron
  • Carbohydrates
  • ...

Mung beans are low-fat, low-calorie, low-sodium foods. Adding munggo beans in ones diet helps with a healthy weight loss and weight maintenance.

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      Ginn 7 months ago

      I dream about this Monggo last night. In the dream this man told me the name of the dish.. Looking it up it brought memories about my childhood.. mom cooked the sprout as a side dish or when she cook Chinese dishes.. this is good information about the beans.. I have to cook it now and make it a part of my diet. I have to get some and plant

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      beingwell 4 years ago from Bangkok

      Thanks RTalloni. Mung beans are one of the staple foods at home. hahah!

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      beingwell 4 years ago from Bangkok

      Thanks peg! Their made into vermicelli clear noodles, too.

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      beingwell 4 years ago from Bangkok

      Thanks for the votes, peggy! I'm thinking of cooking tomorrow for dinner. Mung beans soup goes so well with fried fish.

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks for this intro to mung beans. Clearly, it's a good idea to learn more about how to use them in recipes!

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      Peg Cole 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      What useful information you've shared here. I had no idea these were useful in making dessert and flour and are amazingly versatile and incredibly nutritious. Makes me want to sprout some mung beans. Up all the way.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I'm not sure if we have ever eaten mung beans but we are bean lovers and all types of beans have similar health benefits like the fiber, containing protein, etc. Up, useful and interesting votes + will share. Will have to see if I can find some here.

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      beingwell 5 years ago from Bangkok

      @vespa - Weeee!! Now, I want to cook some.... hahah!!

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      vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

      I haven't thought of mung beans for a long while, but now I'm sold on their nutritional value! I'll have to see if I can find them here in Peru. Now I have a hankering for mung beans!

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      beingwell 5 years ago from Bangkok

      Thank you urmi! I love munggo soup too.

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      Urmila 5 years ago from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA

      We call it Mung Daal and make it soup of it to go with rice. Good to know the health benefits of Munggo beans. Thanks for sharing it. Useful and Voted up!

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      beingwell 5 years ago from Bangkok

      Hi hsc! In contrast, we're having munggo every week. hihihi... I love it with dried shrimps.

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      hscchemistry 5 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Honestly I've had Mungo and I hate the taste.. but it's interesting to know how good they are for you

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      beingwell 5 years ago from Bangkok

      My pleasure, Michel.

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      beingwell 5 years ago from Bangkok

      Thanks MOL!

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      Michel Gnon 5 years ago from Atlanta,GA


      Thank you again for another wonderful post. I always learn something new reading your articles.

      Thank you very much.

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      myownlife 5 years ago from london

      Awesome health benefits of munggo. It is great.