Green Gram health benefits

May 6, 2017

Green Gram growing in Sri Lanka

Green Gram health benefits

Green Gram health benefits

Green gram growing is done in many parts of the country.  Also known as Green Gram the super food, it is a small round bean similar in shape to pea. People primarily have  eaten  green gram as a sprout, and as a bean it cooks up fast and has a sweet flavor. With its high fiber and nutrient content, it offers a number of health benefits

For thousands of years, mung beans or Green gram  have been used for a variety of purposes. Mung beans originated in India and were cultivated throughout Asia. Today mung beans are still being used for culinary and health purposes due to the beans’ high nutritional content and value. Green gram rejuvenates your skin by nourishing and exfoliating it. It removes the dead skin cells and brightens up the texture of the skin. It is rich in vitamins A and C that helps in giving a healthy glow to the skin. Here are some natural face packs for fair and glowing skin. 

How to use:

  • Soak 50g of Green gram overnight in a bowl and grind it into a fine paste in the morning.
  • Add 1tsp raw honey and 1tsp almond oil to the paste.
  • Apply this face pack evenly on your face.
  • Leave it for 15-20 minutes and wash it off with cold water.
  • Apply this pack every alternate day to give a healthy glow to your skin.

Green Gram  health benefits

 Green Gram Health benefits are the following.

Lowers Blood Pressure

One cup of cooked green gram contains 537 milligrams of potassium, more than 10 % of the recommended daily supplement. Eating a potassium-rich diet helps lower blood pressure by counteracting the effects of sodium.


If you have high cholesterol levels you may benefit from eating mung beans daily. Mung beans are low in cholesterol and high in soluble dietary fibers. Foods rich in soluble dietary fibers are shown to help lower LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol) by encouraging the production of LDL receptors that are responsible for removing excess LDL cholesterol out of the blood stream.  It is recommended to consume 10 to 25 g of soluble fiber per day to reduce the amount of LDL cholesterol.Diabetes

Mung beans are a diabetic friendly food. Low glycemic foods promote healthy blood sugar levels. People who eat foods that have a low glycemic index tend to have lower total body fat levels as opposed to those who consume high-glycemic foods, such as white bread and soft drinks. Glycemic Index (GI) is a measurement carried out on carbohydrate-containing foods and their impact on our blood sugar.


Mung beans contain approximately 3.16 g of protein per cup. While meat is still one of the best sources of protein at 7 g per ounce, mung beans and vegetable based foods have far less saturated fat and cholesterol than certain meats.

Sprouts are the cheapest and most convenient source of complete nourishment.

They are food for long-term health and wellness. If consumed judiciously and chosen over other foods, they can prevent diseases and lifestyle-related ailments. Sprouting a seed enables it to produce an enormously enhanced bundle of nutrients. On sprouting, grains, legumes, and seeds turn into super foods. They then become an extremely sound source of protein, fiber, and vitamin B.



Green Gram health benefits

Green Gram health benefits

Sprouted Green Gram

A sprout is at the transitional stage between seed and green gram  plant. It is, to put it simply, a baby plant. These are essentially pre-digested foods as the seeds’ own enzymes do most of the work. The nutritional changes that occur during sprouting primarily happen because complex compounds get broken down into simpler forms. This added to development of some essential nutrients, constituents, and breakdown of anti-nutrients, makes the whole process of sprouting possible. Metabolic activity in dormant seeds is initiated as soon as they are hydrated during soaking.

Sprouted Seeds

Sprouted seeds acquire natural increased digestibility and nutrients as compared to unsprouted seeds. They provide us with all the essential minerals and vitamins, and must ideally form a part of our daily diets.

Firstly, one has to ensure that the seeds, legumes or grains will easily sprout. The seeds should be thoroughly washed and then soaked in fresh water overnight. The time span of soaking is mostly 12 hours, though it depends on the size of the seeds. Next morning the seeds should be rinsed and the water drained off. Soaking turns the seed soft and laden with water. They eventually germinate and become sprouts in two to three days’ time, depending upon the temperature and humidity. One should not soak the seeds for a longer period than required, as the seeds may rot and ferment. After they sprout, they should be stored in a refrigerator.

The reduction in carbohydrate content indicates molecules being broken down during sprouting to allow absorption of atmospheric nitrogen and re-formation of amino-acids. The resultant protein is the most easily digestible of all proteins available in foods.

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Posted by:Donald Jayasundera, (Registered Pharmacist)

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