Lentils are a perfect blend of complex carbohydrates and slow digesting protein. What’s more, they cook rather quickly, are astonishingly filling and super weight-loss friendly. Yellow moong dal is a powerhouse of nutrition and most importantly, it can be easily worked into a host of comforting dishes with yummy results! Let’s understand yellow moong dal’s nutritional value and why it is strongly recommended that you incorporate it into your daily diet.
Moong dal beans are yellow and are peeled after they’ve been split; so they have one rounded side and one flat side. Yellow moong is a fantastic source of vitamin B complex, calcium, potassium and folate.
5 reasons you should load up on moong dal
1 cup of boiled moong dal gives you 212 calories and about 14 grams of protein. It supplies 15 grams of fibre and a meagre 0.768 grams of fat. Here’s a list of the remarkable health benefits that this bean has to offer:
1. Battles cholesterol: In the GI tract, Moong dal’s soluble fibre absorbs water and dissolves into a gel which decreases the absorption of cholesterol into the bloodstream. Consequently, it helps lower cholesterol levels significantly and keeps your heart safe.
2. Drops blood pressure: Moong dal is packed with potassium which helps negate the adverse effects of sodium, thereby helping bring down blood pressure levels.
3. Thwarts diabetes: Moong dals’ secret weapon against blood sugar oscillations is its fibre. It helps improve blood sugar profile and lowers your risk for developing diabetes. It also helps diminish the overall glycemic index of the diet, and consequently, causes fewer blood sugar spikes.
4. Trims the belly fat: Fibre slows down digestion and keeps you feeling fuller for longer. The fibre and protein found in moong dal suppress the hormones which set off hunger. Moong dal has very few calories, so when you consume it you're not taking in too many calories but you stay fuller for long periods of time. Importantly, when you eat plenty of moong dal, you don’t feel the need to reach out for a packet of cookies or wafers; it helps fight off those cravings!
Start eating more moong dal!
• Ensure that you make a bowl of moong dal every other day; you can experiment with recipes and make flavourful dals, stews and curries which add a tremendous nutrient punch to your meals.
• Add lentils such as moong dal to your salads, sandwiches and pastas.
• Pressure cook lentils, mash them up and blend with garlic, yogurt, and lemon juice for an incredibly healthy dip.
Moong dal is considered a super-food and named one of the healthiest foods on earth; and rightly so! To ensure that it retain optimum nutritional value, store moong dal in a cool, dry, place; it will keep for up to 5 to 6 months. Never mix new lentils with old ones, given that the older ones take longer to cook. Always use unpolished moong dal from the Tata Sampann range to get these amazing benefits from this local staple.
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