Mung bean, also known as green bean, is highly nutritious and contains many beneficial properties. Read on to know the health benefits of mung bean and its nutritional value as well.

Health Benefits Of Mung Bean

Mung bean, also known as green bean, mung, mongo, moong, moog dal, mash bean, munggo or monggo, green gram, golden gram, and green soy, is native to Bangladesh, India and Pakistan. It is the seed of Vigna Radiata and when split, the bean is known as moong dal in India. In fact, the English word ‘mung’ has been derived from the Hindi word ‘moong’. The dal is green in color along with the husk and yellow when the husk is removed. Mung beans are small and ovoid in shape. They comprise of one of the several species to have been moved from the genus Phaseolus to Vigna.    
Mung beans are commonly used in the preparation of Chinese dishes, where they are called lǜ dòu. They are also used extensively in Thailand, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Pakistan, India, and Southeast Asia. In Vietnam, mung beans are called đậu xanh. Generally, these beans are eaten either whole or as bean sprouts. They are also used to make soups and desserts. The starch extracted from them is used to make jellies and noodles. Mung beans are known to be very healthy and packed with a variety of nutrients. Read on to know the health benefits of eating mung beans, along with their nutritional value.
Nutritional Value Of Mung Bean
Amount of Mung Beans: 1 cup (202 g)
14.18 gm
146.77 gm
1.60 gm
Fats & Fatty Acids
Total Fat
0.77 gm
Saturated Fat
0.234 gm
Monounsaturated Fat
0. 109 gm
Polyunsaturated Fat
0.259 g
Total Carbohydrate
38.68 gm
Dietary Fiber
15.4 gm
4.04 gm
Vitamin C
2.0 mg
Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol)
0.30 mg
0.331 mg
1.166 mg
Vitamin B6
0.135 mg
321 mcg
Pantothenic Acid
0.828 mg
0.123 mg
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
5.5 mcg
55 mg
2.83 mg
97 mg
200 mg
537 mg
4 mg
1.70 mg
0.315 mg
0.602 mg
5.0 mcg
Health & Nutrition Benefits Of Eating Green Beans 
  • Mung bean sprouts contain rich quantities of Vitamin A, B, C and E. They are also known to be an excellent source of many minerals, such as calcium, iron and potassium.
  • The bean is popular as the perfect food for reducing weight. It is recommended as a food replacement in many slimming programs, as it has a very low fat content. It is a rich source of protein and fiber, which helps one to lower the high cholesterol level in the blood system.
  • The high fiber content of mung beans yields complex carbohydrates, which aid digestion. Complex carbs are also effective in stabilizing blood sugar and prevent its rapid rise after meal consumption, apart from keeping body’s energy at a balanced level. Those who suffer from diabetes or high cholesterol are recommended frequent consumption of mung bean.
  • In Chinese medicine, mung bean sprouts are considered as a cooling food, containing anti-cancer properties. Herbalists use them for all hot, inflammatory conditions, ranging from systematic infections to heat stroke and even hypertension.

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