Mung bean? - What's that supposed to be? In times of almost rediscovered Mayan superfoods or old Tibetan mountain peoples, one is right to be skeptical when a rather unknown vegetable is presented again. This is not appropriate in the case of the mung bean. Because basically she is a good old acquaintance, even if we rarely use her name. After all, almost everyone has eaten glass noodles or at least bean sprouts.
Behind both is nothing more than the pea-sized bean from the Far East, one made from the flour of the bean, the other is its seedling. The mung bean can probably get over the fact that this is incorrectly referred to as "bean sprout". Their importance in Asia, especially in China and India, is much too great for that. In India, the main growing country alone, 500,000 tons of mung beans are harvested each year, for example to make the famous Dal, which is traditionally made from a wide variety of legumes. The strong Indian seasoning is definitely good for you, because its taste is described as either mild, subtle or reserved, which every glass noodle eater will be happy to confirm.
Despite its simple taste, the mung bean is superior to other beans in some respects - for example with a full 17 g of fiber - but above all in terms of its digestibility. Or have you ever heard of a legume that is seriously recommended as a remedy for flatulence? At least in Asian folk medicine, this recommendation is widespread, just like its suspected effect against rheumatism, colds or liver problems.
If you are looking for fresh mung beans in our latitudes, you have to be very patient. Mostly they are only available as canned goods or in a jar. Fresh mung sprouts, on the other hand, can be found in almost every supermarket as “bean sprouts”. However, you should rinse and blanch the sprouts well before eating to destroy the phasin it contains, a toxic protein that is found in almost all legumes. It is also possible to grow the sprouts yourself, mung bean seeds are considered to be extremely easy to germinate.
This may also be the reason why mung bean seedlings are the standard test object in Asian studies on exposure to cell phone radiation. A research group was even able to demonstrate that their germination is at least delayed by cell phone radiation. What do we learn from it? Eating mung beans is probably healthier than talking on the phone.Jürgen Beckhoff, aid