Mung Bean Powder

Mung beans are small, round green beans frequently used in traditional dishes from Asia, especially dishes from China, India, Vietnam, and Korea. Mung beans can appear in savory foods, like soups and Korean mung bean pancakes, but they are equally popular as an important ingredient in desserts, like cakes, puddings and mung bean paste-filled sweets. Additionally, you’ll find mung bean sprouts in quite a few dishes. You may have enjoyed them with a bowl of pho.

Mung bean powder is especially good for foods that involve sauces, doughs, or pastes because of the powder’s ability to create a thick and smooth texture. What’s even better, unlike many other ingredients used to add thickness to paste, dough, or sauce, mung beans offer a lot of nutritional value.

This article will explore mung beans’ nutritional value, how to make mung bean powder, and how to use it in food.

What is mung bean powder?

Mung bean powder is made by grinding dried, hulled mung beans. It is easiest to start with split mung beans, which have already been hulled and halved in order to cook more quickly. You can create your own mung bean powder at home by rinsing the beans, heating them until they dry, and then putting them through a food processor or grinder.

You can also buy mung bean powder (also referred to as mung bean flour) in the store because it has become a popular supplement. Be sure not to confuse it with mung bean starch. Mung bean starch is made by removing the starch from the mung beans and then processing it. So, many of the other nutrients in the mung beans get left behind by mung bean starch.

How should I use mung bean powder?

Because mung beans have a neutral flavor, you can enjoy mung bean powder in both sweet and savory dishes. Use it to thicken a soup or sauce or add more body to a curry. Add a couple of tablespoons of it to your pancake batter, cookie dough, or banana bread. Or put some of it in your morning smoothie or afternoon shake. You can even throw it in with mac-n-cheese.

It’s a versatile powder that adds a considerable amount of protein to any dish you put it in, which makes it especially popular amongst vegans and vegetarians. However, plant protein isn’t just important for those who don’t eat meat. Adding protein to a dish can actually keep you feeling full and satisfied for longer because protein takes more time to digest, which means it’s great for anyone trying to cut back on frequent snacking.

What are the health benefits of mung bean powder?

Trading some or all of the animal-based proteins in your diet for plant proteins also reduces your risk of heart disease and certain cancers. Plus, mung beans are highly sustainable plants in agriculture because they do not require nitrogen fertilizers, use less water than other protein-rich plants, and are often grown as a cover crop.

So, not only will you cut back on greenhouse gas emissions by trading some animal product for plant protein, but you’ll cut back even more by choosing this particular kind of plant.

In addition to being a rich source of protein, mung beans also carry generous amounts of B vitamins, especially thiamine, pantothenic acid, B6, and folate. And they are rich in iron, magnesium, manganese, and phosphorus. And that’s just to name a few items from their significant nutrient profile.

Plus, unlike some other beans, mung beans are known to be easy on the digestive system, rarely causing the flatulence you may associate with beans.

And studies have found that the proteins and peptide chains in mung beans may have ACE inhibitory activity, antifungal properties, antibacterial effects, and trypsin inhibitory activity. These properties mean they may offer qualities useful for food storage and preservation.

Why we add mung bean powder to our golden chlorella:

At Natura.Punkt, we are always looking for the best forms of plant protein to help you enjoy a nutritious diet without any hassle. Because mung beans are so rich in protein and vitamins, and because they offer a nice texture when used as a powder, we have specially chosen them as one of the plant powders that combines well with the already amazing qualities of golden chlorella.

Golden chlorella has been our focus from early on, because if its unique health benefits, especially for vegans who have limited ways to access vitamin B12. But, by combining golden chlorella with mung bean powder, we offer you a way to easily enjoy the benefits of each.

You’ll find the nutritional value very balanced. And you’ll find the mung bean brings a little more thickness and smoothness to the foods you use the powder in. If you already like our golden chlorella powder, see if want to switch it up sometimes by bringing in the mung bean mix. We hope you enjoy. Happy eating!